Iron Deficiency? Eat These 10 Foods
Iron deficiency anemia is very common especially in women with menstruation cycles. It is related to a lack of red blood cells in the blood stream. Without adequate iron, your body can’t produce enough hemoglobin, the iron containing protein that enables your red blood cells to carry oxygen in your blood.
If you have iron anemia, the main symptoms are:
- Extreme fatigue
- Low energy
- Pale skin tone
- Headache, dizziness or lightheadedness
Read more here: Iron Deficiency Anemia by Mayo Clinic
You can avoid 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 certified organic products from Canada and United States may be richer in minerals such as iron. Remember that certified organic producers don’t use pesticides. They feed their animals organic grains and they don’t use any GMO (genetically modified organisms) animal feeds.
Getting iron from food is always better than supplements but sometimes a combination of both is necessary. If you have concerns, consult your doctor, naturopath, or visit your favorite natural food store.
Foods that are a good source of iron include:
- Liver of pork, beef, chicken and turkey
- Lean red meats, including beef, pork, lamb, and duck
- Seafood, such as oysters, clams, tuna, salmon, and shrimp
- Beans, including kidney, lima, navy, black, pinto, soy beans, chickpeas, and lentils
- Iron fortified whole grains, including cereals, breads, rice, quinoa, amaranth, farro, millet, sesame seeds, and pasta
- Greens, including collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnip greens
- Vegetables including broccoli, swiss chard, asparagus, parsley, watercress and Brussel sprouts
- Are you a sweet tooth? Try blackstrap molasses and dark chocolate
- Dried fruits such as raisins, prunes, dates, and apricots
I am very fortunate that I don’t suffer from iron deficiency anemia, however one of my good girlfriends is so low in iron that she needs injections on a regular basic.
Stay safe and eat your greens to be healthy!