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Iron Supplements for Vegans

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Awhile back my doctor had me start taking iron supplements, because I was slightly anemic. Blood test show that I am no longer anemic, but my doctor still wants me to take the iron supplements for now.

The Problem: Iron supplements that are certified vegan are very low mg (around 30mg) compared to what I take. I take three 65mg tablets daily. That's 195mg total. If I try taking a lower amount I go back to feeling exhausted which leads to me sleeping all day and I get brain fog. I cannot find a vegan iron supplement that has a higher dosage than 30mg.

I am currently taking Spring Valley Iron supplements. I don't know how to make the switch to certified vegan iron when I will have to take more pills meaning I will end up having to spend more money that I just don't have. So, my hope is that what I'm already taking happens to be vegan.

I'm still struggling to look up and learn what ingredients are okay for vegans to take. Honestly, I'm really upset right now that I may not be able to switch to vegan iron supplements if these aren't okay to take. I can't focus (even with my Adderall) on the descriptions of the items to figure out if the iron I am taking happens to be vegan.

Is there any chance these are vegan?

65 Mg Iron 361% Dv. Ferrous Sulfate, Cellulose Gel, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Croscarmellose Sodium, Hydroxypropyl, Methylcellulose, Titanium Dioxide (Artificial Color), Magnesium Stearate, Polyethylene Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Citrate.

So, what's the verdict?

P.S. To everyone who reads this and offers advice, I want you to know I truly appreciate you taking your time to help me while I am upset and feeling like a lesser vegan.
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My personal opinion is that you should relax! Even if you take in the occasional non-vegan thing unknowingly, don't lose sight of the big picture. The big picture is that you are doing so much more than the vast majority of people.

Is it possible that your iron supplements are vegan? Absolutely! Iron is a mineral. That other stuff listed is, as far as I know, all non-animal.
Thank you so much! Especially for your kind and encouraging words. I promise I will try to relax about it. I just tend to have a bit of an all or nothing personality when it comes to things I consider really important. Veganism is one of the biggest aspects of my life, so I don't want to feel like I let anybody down somehow.
I'm not sure if I have a condition that causes my iron stores to stay low, but my doctor is really pleased I can handle the amount I can. I actually used to take those Deva Iron tablets, but ran out and was going through a period where I was so fatigued I was sleeping over a day, so I got these as an emergency choice. I'm pretty sure my doctor feels I'm on the borderline of some condition, but since the supplements are helping he's okay to just keep a casual eye on my blood work.

Yes, I can eat wheat. I have never had cream of wheat, but I am willing to try it. I will keep in mind to get the fortified one with 50% iron.

I am definitely eating foods high in iron, but I need to educate myself on what foods could interfere with absorption.
I'm not sure if I cook in cast iron or not. I rent a room at my parents house and use what they have, so I'll need to ask my mom which ones are what.

I hope I answered everything. I think I did.

I'll be sure to read the sites you linked for me, as well.

Thank you, silva.
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Wow, David! Thank you so much. I'm over here just struggling with to read the articles silva shared, because my ADD is really bad at the moment (I think all my built up anxiety over this has been making my ADD worse) and you were able to look all of those up for me. I truly, truly, truly appreciate it. It feels so nice to have people like you guys on my side, because I'm usually at war with myself over one thing or another. (Perfectionist tendencies.)

Thank you again, David.
Tues, may I ask what is your current height and weight? I hope you will forgive, but fatigue can be caused by being underweight (not eating enough calories).
I don't know my weight at the moment, but I do know that I am considered underweight.
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