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Iron food sources

By Edited Jan 6, 2014 0 2

Iron food sources are important to get into our diets. Iron rich foods are needed so enough oxygen can produce healthy cells in our body. Iron deficiency can be quite common in Americans. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia. Anemia is usually linked to iron deficiency, since not enough iron is used in the body to carry oxygen to produce healthy red blood cells. Vitamin C can be beneficial to increase iron in your body. Foods containing high amounts of vitamin C can double your intake of iron.

Iron rich foods provide quite a few health benefits. Iron food sources can help benefit bone production, a healthy immune system, and produce the body with proper energy. The body cannot survive without iron. We contain 4 grams of iron, and we're required to get at least 10 grams of iron into our diets daily. Iron food nutrition can provide a healthier brain function, and increase oxygen to your brain. Iron might help with hair loss, depression, helps produce hemoglobin, and can increase concentration. Iron is important for your bone marrow, and liver.

Those with anemia, might need to consult their doctors about iron supplements even. You should never take iron supplements without consulting your doctor first. However, adding more iron food sources to your diet will also provide you with the proper amounts of minerals and iron needed in your body. It's not too difficult to add more iron food sources to your diet. Iron foods can be found in vegetables, dairy, some fruits, herbs, spices and meats.

Iron food sources


Meats: Meats can contain good sources of iron. Good iron food sources can be found in red meats. Too much red meat can cause other health risks. However, red meats do contain some of the highest amounts of iron. Chicken and fish also contain good amounts of iron. Liver and beef tenderloin contain good amounts of iron.

Vegetables: Lot of vegetables are great food sources of iron. Specifically green leaf vegetables. If you're not a big meat eater, or a vegetarian, then eat lots of green leaf vegetables. Specifically spinach. Spinach contains the highest amount of iron found in all vegetables. Swiss chard is also very high in iron. Other foods sources like lettuce, peas , asparagus, brussel spouts, broccoli, kale, and green beans contain iron.

Legumes: Legumes are really great ways to get more iron into your diet. They also contain good amounts of fiber. Lentils, navy beans, pinto beans, black beans, lima beans, chickpeas, soybeans and

Fruits: Mostly dry fruits like prunes and raisins contain high amounts of iron.

Herbs and Spices: Herbs and spices contain high amounts of iron. Herbs and spices are contain good amount of minerals. Cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, rosemary, coriander seeds, basil, parsley, cumin seeds, dill weed, thyme, and black pepper.

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Apr 4, 2010 10:30am
kp3028
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Apr 4, 2010 10:33am
kp3028
I wanted to amend my above comment and could not figure out how to....so here is my amendment...Few people really eat liver anymore, even though it is a good source of Iron; because some people feel liver has other health concerns. Iron as pointed out in this article, is available in other 'iron rich foods'
May 21, 2013 8:16am
xscottbx
Iron is very important for digestion and proper liver function. I'm taking a supplement now, just to be sure my iron intake is sufficient.
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