Top 8 Iron-Rich Foods to Fight Anemia

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Do you find yourself craving dirt, paint, or other unusual non-food items? You may have anemia, which is the result of iron deficiency. Your body needs sufficient iron to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the body’s tissues.

When enough hemoglobin is not produced, you may find yourself feeling tired, out of breath or irritable. A chronic deficiency could even lead to organ failure. Those most susceptible to an iron deficiency are menstruating women, due to the loss of blood, pregnant women, and growing children.

Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. If you are diagnosed with anemia, you might be prescribed some iron pills, but here are some of the top iron-rich foods you can incorporate in your diet to get the iron you need naturally, minus the medication.

1. Mollusks

Mollusks include animals like clams, oysters, cuttlefish, whelk, octopus, mussels and scallops. These animals are generally found in damp and aquatic habitats and usually have a shell of some sort.

Maybe you’ve never prepared one, but have curiously passed by them in a buffet, or seen a mollusk dish on the restaurant menu. These foods are high in iron so feed your curiosity and give them a try!

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is the ideal breakfast food. Not only is it high in iron, which will give you the boost you need to start your day, it’s also high in other nutrients such as B-12 and Vitamin B. It’s also very easy and quick to prepare

3. Eggs

You can get one milligram of iron from every large egg. Egg is also a great source of protein. This makes it a great breakfast and great post-workout food.

4. Nuts

Nuts are another great snack. You don’t need to eat a lot of them to reap their benefits. The best nut to raise your iron levels is pistachios. They can be expensive, but they contain 15 milligrams of iron per 10 grams!

5. Whole Grains

One of the best whole grains isn’t a whole grain at all! Quinoa, which is technically a seed, is consumed as a whole grain and can give you about 15% of your daily recommended iron!

6. Spinach

Leafy greens in general, but spinach in particular, have high levels of iron. Spinach also has a high level of Vitamin C, which helps the body absorb the iron. A half a cup of iron will give you 3.2 milligrams of iron.

7. Chocolate

Not just any chocolate: dark chocolate. One square of dark chocolate has five milligrams of iron!

8. Olives

A great addition to salads, olives will give you 3.3 milligrams of iron per 100 grams. Time to indulge in those greek salads!

It’s also important to note that too little iron is just as bad as too much, so don’t go overboard. If you are going to incorporate iron-rich foods, you probably don’t want to take an iron supplement in addition to that. Also, try to avoid eating too much red meat. Eat plant-based iron sources as well.

Sources:

http://organichealth.co/14-foods-to-help-fight-anemia/

http://www.irondisorders.org/too-much-or-too-little-iron

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