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.
- Shortness of breath
- Pale skin
- 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
1. Order and Receive Your Test
Order your Blood Test.
Receive it directly at home or work.
Delivered by courier with Free shipping.
2. Take the Easy Finger-prick Blood Test
Activate your test online.
Collect 2-3 drops of blood.
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.
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.
5. Receive Your Results within 7 days
We will email you to inform you that your blood test results are ready.
Login to your account to review the results.
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.