Combating Iron Deficiency and Anemia Naturally

At one time or another, almost everyone develops a deficiency in iron. This is especially true of women, since they lose a large amount of blood every month, if they are pre-menopausal. Iron is needed for producing red blood cells, though vitamin C is also required for the body to absorb iron. Having a low red blood count is what anemia is and it can be deadly. Some of the most common symptoms of anemia are lack of energy, dizziness, trouble concentrating, vertigo, difficulty sleeping, poor memory, pale skin and muscle weakness. When it becomes severe, a person can even hallucinate. It is best to prevent the anemia from happening to begin with, by boosting your iron intake. People who eat lots of meat tend to have the least problem with iron deficiency. It isn’t hard to figure out that this is because meat is not only very high in protein, it is also high in iron. Red meat is especially high in iron and most seafood is as well. Not everyone is able to have plenty of meat in their diet, though, and some choose not to. Thankfully there are many vegetables and fruit that are all high in iron, though normally not as high as in red meat. Here are a few vegetables you can eat to boost your iron intake: Chard Spinach (chard is actually higher in iron than spinach) Broccoli Peas Kale Mustard greens Beets Dried beans Lentils Fruit that is high in iron includes: Tomatoes Strawberries Grapes Continue Reading →

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