You can fight iron deficiency by eating properly and through the proper use of supplements. Below is a list of food (click here to get the link for Health BC) rich in iron that you should include in every meal and snack to increase your iron level as quickly as possible. Having a proper iron level will help you feel better and have more energy. Keep in mind that organic products from Canada and United States are better and richer in minerals such as iron because producers don’t use pesticides but feed their animals using organic grains and they don’t use any GMO (genetically modified organisms).
Getting iron from food is always better than supplements but sometimes a combination of both is necessary. If you have concerns, consult your naturopath about it.
Foods that are a good source of iron include:
- liver of chicken and turkey
- lean red meats, including beef, pork, lamb
- seafood, such as oysters, clams, tuna, salmon, and shrimp, etc.
- beans, including kidney, lima, navy, black, pinto, soy beans, and lentils
- iron fortified whole grains, including cereals, breads, rice, amaranth, farro, millet, and pasta
- greens, including collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnip greens
- vegetables including broccoli, swiss chard, asparagus, parsley, watercress and brussel sprouts