Healthy Ranges for Important Nutrients

Below is a quick list of important nutrients for vegans and non-vegans. I have bloodwork done annually to test for all of these nutrients, and I use this list to help me interpret the results.
These values are for people over 18, and compiled from various sources. Do not rely upon this in lieu of medical counsel– I’m just a blogger, after all. ;)

Ideal Ranges for Iron

Iron level: 60 to 170 mcg/dL

Total iron-binding capacity: 240 to 450 mcg/dL

Transferrin saturation: 20 to 50 percent

Male 13.8 to 17.2 gm/dL
Female 12.1 to 15.1 gm/dL

Male 12 to 300 ng/mL
Female 12 to 150 ng/mL

Iron in the Vegan Diet

Total Cholesterol

Less than 200 Desirable
200 – 239 Mildly High
240 and above High

Thyroid (TSH)

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) blood test runs from approximately .5 to 4.5/5.0.

*Any TSH level above a 3.0 could be at risk for sub-clinical hypothyroidism.


A normal level of vitamin B12 is between 200 to 900 picograms per milliliter.

Vitamin D

30-50 ng/ml

Folic Acid

Folate in liquid portion (plasma) of blood: 3-13 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL)

Folate in red blood cells: 140-628 ng/mL


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