Iron Deficiency

What is Iron Deficiency?

Iron deficiency is a type of Anemia that occurs when your body does not have enough iron to produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in your RBCs that is responsible for carrying oxygen to your tissues. If you aren’t consuming enough iron or if you’re losing too much iron, your body can’t produce enough hemoglobin and iron deficiency anemia will eventually develop.

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When caused by inadequate iron intake, iron deficiency anemia can be prevented by eating a diet high in iron-rich foods and vitamin C. Iron supplements will not help if excess bleeding causes the deficiency. A doctor may prescribe birth control pills to women who have heavy periods. This can reduce the amount of menstrual bleeding each month.

Food with High iron

The body absorbs two to three times more iron from animal sources than from plants. Some of the best animal sources of iron are:

Although you absorb less of the iron in plants, adding a source of vitamin C to vegetarian sources of iron will enhance absorption. Some of the best plant sources of iron are:

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