Iron Deficiency? No Problem. Iron-Rich Foods To Combat Anemia.

September 16 2017

Iron deficiency is common. Iron is an essential mineral for our bodies and when iron levels are too low it can cause anaemia – a deficiency of haemoglobin, the oxygen carrying molecule in our red blood cells. This can lead to fatigue, tiredness and decreased immunity.

Our bodies cannot produce iron, so you need to get it from food. The body absorbs two to three times more iron from animal sources than from plants. So if you feel like your body is low in iron, here are the top iron-rich foods to fight iron-deficiency.

  • Spinach
  • Beetroot
  • Red Meat and Liver
  • Peanut Butter
  • Eggs
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Raisins and Dates
  • Seafood
  • Beans and Lentils

Keeping your iron levels within healthy limits is important. In some cases, supplements may be required. However, too much iron in the body can build up and result in toxicity and even death. Don’t self-diagnose and don’t take iron supplements unless advised by your doctor. To schedule a consultation with one of our medical professionals, call 03 5229 5192 (Myers Street Family Medical Practice) or 03 5241 6129 (The Cottage Medical Centre).