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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Anemic? Ways to help

So today I'm bring you info on foods that will help ur anemia and will help you feel better naturally. Anemia is the lack of hemoglobin in our blood, hemoglobin is what the oxygen is attracted to in our blood cells. There are many kinds of anemia, but for today I want to focus on iron deficiency anemia. Iron is used to create hemoglobin, so absorbing the correct amount everyday is very important.
The amount we need:
males 19+ and postmenopausal women need 8mg per day
women 19-50 need 18mg per day
Pregnant women need 27mg of iron everyday.
This can seem like a lot but really its not. Cook spinach has a 3 and 1/2 times more iron in it once its been cooked but it also contains oxalic acid which inhibates the absorption of iron. There is a way to fix this though. The Vitamin we all know as the kick cold's butt vitamin is also used to absorbe iron. That's right Vitamin C is what we need to increase the amount of iron we take in.
Two types of iron are heme iron and Non-heme iron. Heme iron is a lot easier to absorbe its found in animal products such as eggs, meat, and liver. (i hate the texture of liver but it tastes the same as regular beef other wise) Non-heme iron is usually an additive to processed foods and is a lot harder to absorbe.
Top 10 Foods that are full of iron
  • 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
  • Liver
  • Artichokes
Add fruit that is full of vitamin C and your good to go. Most people would tell you to just take a pill but i love food so much and i think that eating foods and learning ways to making healthy food is way better then just some ole pill any day.

Until next time...

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