Low iron levels can lead to iron deficiency anemia – a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. When this happens your red blood cells cannot efficiently transport oxygen to your body’s tissues. Learn more about your iron needs >
Without adequate iron stores you may start to experience symptoms of anemia and feel weak, tired, and irritable. To boost the amount of iron in your diet, try these iron-rich foods:
- Red meat
- Egg yolks
- Dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards)
- Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
- Iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels)
- Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)
- Turkey or chicken giblets
- Beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans
You can increase your body’s absorption of iron-rich foods by eating them alongside foods that provide plenty of vitamin C. You’ll also want to avoid drinking coffee or tea, or consuming calcium-rich foods or drinks with meals containing iron-rich foods, as all three can hinder iron absorption.
If you’re still having trouble getting enough iron through diet alone, consider adding a multivitamin with iron. Geritol® multivitamin contains 90% RDA of iron in every daily dose.
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Iron-Rich Foods. 2005-2013. WebMD. Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/diet/iron-rich-foods?page=2. January 8, 2013.