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Top 15 Foods to Fight Anemia (You Will Love #10)
If you often feel weak, tired, or find that you become fatigued easily, you could be anemic. Anemia is a blood disorder that happens when the body does not make enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to the muscles and other tissue. This is why people with anemia often feel tired very quickly: their muscles are not getting enough oxygen-rich blood to supply their energy needs.
Anemia is the most common disorder of the blood. Women are more prone to anemia than men although the reason for this is still unknown. The most common causes of anemia are a deficiency of iron, a deficiency in vitamin B12, and a deficiency of folic acid. There are other reasons, such as lactation, aging, inherited disorders, and worm infestation, but most often it is simply a lack of iron in the diet.
Common symptoms of anemia are:
- A general feeling of un-wellness
- Sensitivity to cold
- Shortness of breath
More severe symptoms include:
- Chronic heartburn
- Swelling of the arms and legs
- Increased sweating
- Blood in the stools
A healthy diet high in iron is vital for anyone with anemia. You must include plenty of foods that also contain vitamin C, folic acid, and vitamin B12 in addition to iron. Keep reading and find out the top 15 food sources that can help to prevent and rid your body of anemia once and for all.
Most seafood such as clams, octopus, scallops, mussels, whelk, cuttle fish, and oysters are all high in iron. Some fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and anchovies are also rich in iron. Pacific oysters have one of the highest levels of iron, with a whopping 7.2 mgs for every 100 grams. Have some seafood or fatty fish 3 times each week to help prevent anemia. If you are concerned about mercury contamination, there are plenty of other sources of iron on this list. Keep reading!
2. Dried Peaches, Prunes, and Raisins
Wow, that’s a pretty tasty list! These three dried fruits are great sources of iron. Dried peaches have 6 mgs for each 100 grams of peaches eaten. It’s easy to incorporate these into your daily diet. Simply mix some prunes, raisins, and dried peaches in a bowl, then add them to your morning oatmeal, eat them as an afternoon snack, or make them your evening dessert every day to help stave off anemia.
You might not know it, but molasses is a pretty good source of iron! One tablespoon of molasses has 3.2 mgs of iron. You can add molasses to a wide variety of things. Most people enjoy molasses in their baked goods, oatmeal, over ice cream, or even drizzled over meats.
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