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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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Doesn't eating something with Vitamin C help your body absorb iron? Something to remember there and like someone mentioned cast iron pans so if you make spaghetti sauce in a cast iron pan, the acidic tomatoes leeches iron out of the pan and tomatoes have vitamin c. So you'd be touching all bases with that one. Good luck on feeling better.

(ps don't forget to be supplementing with B12 - SUPER IMPORTANT!)
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