Dietary Advice for Low Iron

Natural Sources of Iron

Low iron stores result in a condition referred to as anemia. Insufficient information regarding your gender and age is available. Women in menstruating age and menopausal age tend to lose more iron. Iron is vital for existence, as it helps in transport of oxygen and other nutrients to the tissues. Meeting the iron need in women is difficult, due to the menstrual loss and poor dietary pattern. Pregnant women require more. Low iron stores results in anemia, characterized by lethargy, shortness of breath, weakness and muscle fatigue.

Egg yolk, fiber, milk and soy also reduce the bioavailability of iron. Iron pills are avoided at bedtime, especially if it results in stomach problems. Poultry, meat and fish are excellent sources of iron in the diet. Dried fruits, beans, fortified cereals, enriched breads and whole grains are good sources. Tannins and phytic acid are anti nutrients in food that inhibit the absorption of iron. The former is seen in caffeinated beverages, red wines, cola drinks and chocolates. Phytic acid is seen in whole grain foods and rye breads. Iron supplements are recommended, in case of severe deficiency. This is better taken under the guidance of your physician.

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