Ferritin Blood Test (Iron)


This test is ideal if you are wanting to know your Iron or Ferrirtin levels. If you are deficient in Ferritin, you may have pale skin, joint pain, fatigue and dizziness.

If you have low ferritin levels, you may be experiencing symptoms of tiredness and breathlessness or you might even be feeling dizzy. These symptoms are also closely associated with anaemia, thyroid problems and vitamin D deficiency.

Ferritin is a protein in the blood which stores iron, and will release the iron when your body needs it. Ferritin tends to be found in the spleen, liver, bone marrow and skeletal muscles.

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Ferritin Blood Test

Ferritin is the protein within the blood which is responsible for iron stores. Ferritin will release iron when the body needs it and is to be found mostly in the liver, spleen, bone marrow and skeletal muscles.

Low ferritin levels can be indicators of an iron deficiency. The iron deficiency could be as a result of anaemia or down to a poor diet. Iron deficiencies can also be caused, in women, by very heavy menstrual bleeding. High ferritin levels mean that your body is holding on to too much iron and can be an indicator of an inflammatory condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or liver disease.

How to work on increasing ferritin levels

Increasing your consumption of iron-rich food can help to increase your ferritin levels. Foods rich in iron include:

  • Lean meat
  • Beans and nuts
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Breakfast cereals fortified with iron
  • If you are trying to increase your iron levels, you should also eat Vitamin C-rich foods as Vitamin C helps to support iron absorption.
Reasons for requiring a ferritin blood test

Many of our patients who request a ferritin blood test, may also request a Vitamin B12 (Active) test.

Testing ferritin levels

The test can be performed using a small amount of blood from a finger prick which you can do yourself.

How often should I test my ferritin levels?

We recommend testing your ferritin levels when experiencing any of the below symptoms, or having a restricted diet.

Other Questions

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Pale skin
  • Palpitations
  • Joint pain
  • Stomach ache

This blood test is to check on:

  • the amount of ferritin (iron) in the blood

The test can be taken at any time throughout the day, posted on the same day on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Collection method: Finger prick
Results available: 1-3 days after the sample has reached the laboratory.


Ferritin is a blood protein which stores iron. A ferritin blood test will show if you have too much or too little iron in your body.

How it Works

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1. Order and Receive Your Test

Order your Blood Test.
Receive it directly at home or work.
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2. Take the Easy Finger-prick Blood Test

Activate your test online.
Collect 2-3 drops of blood.

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3. Freepost your Blood sample to our laboratories

Use the pre-paid package to post to our laboratories.
Simply drop it into your nearest high-priority Royal Mail postbox.

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4. Our laboratory team run the tests

Tests are run by our staff in a clean and secure environment.
All possible measures are taken to keep Vampires out.

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5. Receive Your Results within 7 days

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6. Track your levels over time

With regular ongoing tests, you can track your results.
Check if you’re improving healthily or where changes could be made.

What’s In The Test?

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Home to laboratory kit
  • Blood Test
  • A prepaid return envelope (UK & Ireland only)
  • Two single-use lancets
  • One blood collection tube
  • One blood collection tube label
  • One plastic blood collection tube case
  • Two adhesive plasters
  • A cleansing wipe