Iron-rich foods


Iron shortage in the body can cause anemia which is manifested by a low red blood cell count, which in turn makes us feel tired and weak.

Below we have presented you with a list of foods rich in iron that should be consumed as regularly as possible:

1.      Lentils

Lentils contain plant-based iron, therefore it is more difficult for the body to absorb compared to the animal-based one. However, despite this, it is a great source of iron, perfect for vegetarians or vegans.

lentils

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2.      Spinach

In addition to iron, spinach is also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.

3.      Beef

Red meat is a great way to increase the iron levels in the blood, because the body is capable of absorbing it very easily.

4.      Sardines

Only 85g. of canned sardines contain about 2 milligrams of iron.

5.      Kale

In addition to containing a healthy dose of iron, kale is also an excellent source of fiber, proteins, calcium and vitamins A, C, and B6.

6.      Broccoli

Broccoli also contains vitamin C that helps the body absorb iron easily.

7.      Pumpkin seeds

85 grams of almost everyone’s favorite “snack” contain 4 milligrams of iron.

pumpkin seeds

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8.      Dark chocolate

An increasing number of studies recommend the consumption of a small amount of dark chocolate on a daily basis, which is quite understandable as 85 grams contain about 3 milligrams of iron, in addition to antioxidants and fibers that improve stomach health.

If you want to know which fruits and vegetables contain more Vitamin C than oranges check this article here.


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