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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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Nevertheless, here are the verdicts on the ingredients in your iron supplement:

Iron (ferrous sulfate): This is a mineral, mined from the earth. Vegan.

Cellulose gel: The closest thing I found was "cellulose gum". The (vegan) Vegetarian Resource Group says this is vegan:

Dibasic calcium phosphate: The Vegetarian Resource Group says this is vegan:

Croscarmellose Sodiumis an internally cross-linked sodium carboxymethylcellulose. Carboxymethycellulose is made by reacting cellulose (plant fiber) with chloroacetic acid: . Chloroacetic acid is produced from either acetic acid (vinegar) or from trichloroethylene (made from petroleum-derived gas). . Appears vegan.

Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose is an alternative to animal gelatin: . Appears vegan.

Titanium Dioxide: Derived from mineral ores: . Vegan.

Magnesium Stearate: The Vegetarian Resource Group states, "Although it is possible to derive magnesium stearate from animal fats, it is not standard practice today in the food industry and no examples of tallow-derived magnesium stearate in foods or pharmaceuticals are known."

Polyethylene Glycol: Produced by interaction of ethylene oxide with water, ethylene glycol (same as your car's radiator fluid), or ethylene glycol oligomers. Ethylene compounds are produced from petroleum. Polyethylene glycol is a common ingredient in cosmetics and beverages, including my favorite drink, Dr. Pepper! . Appears vegan.

Triethyl Citrate: Derived from citric acid (produced from citrus fruits, certain molds, or synthetically made in a process starting with calcium salts): . Appears vegan.

Polysorbate 80: May contain animal ingredient, but let's not stress out over a few milligrams of animal product, OK? Chances are, you drove over a couple of ants today:

Sodium citrate: Made from sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), or from citric acid: Appears vegan.

I'd say this is 99.9% vegan, which is as good as you can get. Don't stress!
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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).
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