Five Foods That Help Fight Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide and is especially common in women and children.

Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide and is especially common in women and children.
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Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide and is especially common in women and children.

As the name implies, iron deficiency anaemia is due to insufficient iron. Without enough iron, your body can’t produce enough of a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen (haemoglobin). As a result, iron deficiency anaemia may leave you tired and short of breath.

The World Health Organisation recently revealed that people should include citrus fruits in their meals as they contain vitamin C which helps absorb the iron one needs.

They also advised that people should avoid having coffee and tea with their meals since they contain some elements that can inhibit the absorption of iron in foods and wait two hours after their main meal to have coffee or tea.

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Following are five iron-rich foods recommended by the organisation:

Meat

Salmon and tuna are two specific types of meat considered to be rich in Iron.
Salmon and Tuna. Picture Courtesy Of Agri Universe Zimbabwe

There are a number of meats that are rich in iron, such as poultry or fish. Salmon and tuna are two specific types of meat considered to be rich in Iron.

Eggs

Eggs come naturally packed with a number of essential ingredients including iron, vitamins, and proteins. 
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Eggs come naturally packed with a number of essential ingredients including iron, vitamins, and proteins.

Legumes (like beans, lentils, and chickpeas)

For vegetarians, the most important iron source is lentils.
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For vegetarians, the most important iron source is lentils. Whether in the form of a salad or a dal preparation.

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Dark leafy greens

For vegetarians, lentils is the best source.
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Spinach is widely known to be the best source of iron. There are a number of other leafy greens touted to be iron-rich such as kale.

Nuts and seeds

Apart from being a delicious and satiating snack, nuts and seeds help maintain in the body. 
Nuts and seeds. Picture Courtesy Of Prime News Ghana

Apart from being a delicious and satiating snack, nuts and seeds help maintain the iron in the body.

 

 

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