What do you know about Iron?
No, not Iron Man from the Avengers.
We’re talking about the mineral iron.
You know, the one that carries oxygen through the blood cells to create energy?
While iron is essential to your body, did you know that 24.8% of the global population
suffer from anemia?
That’s the condition where your body lacks red blood cells, making you feel tired and weak.
If you are suffering from some sort of iron deficiency, there are some great foods you can eat.
Let’s discuss 9 Foods That Can Help Your Iron Deficiency.
How often do you eat oysters?
How about cashews?
I’ll tell you, you’ll never appreciate spinach more in your life.
We’re talking all of that AND more!
To put it plainly, beans are a great source
of iron for your body.
For the average adult male, it’s recommended that you consume around 8mg a day.
For an adult female, around 18mg.
The average can of beans contains around 4mg of iron.
This includes soybeans, lima beans and kidney beans.
On top of all the great iron benefits carried by beans, they are also packed with potassium, calcium and vitamin C.
This is an especially great choice if you are a vegetarian or vegan, and you are avoiding
the meat sources you will soon see on this list.
I’m just getting all the fun foods out of
the way first…
While most vegetables are not the strongest sources of iron around, broccoli remains an
exception.Just a cup of steamed broccoli contains about 10% of your daily iron intake.
This is the perfect side to have with lunch or dinner.
But that is not the only benefit in the world of iron.
While broccoli contains a relatively small percentage of iron, the same cup contains around 81 mg of Vitamin C. That is over 135% of your daily intake.
The vitamin C helps to digest your food easier.
That small amount of iron in the broccoli will be processed much quicker.
We were serious in the intro.
How often do you eat cashews?
This nut has proven to be a terrific source of iron, with a 30 g providing you with 2 mg.
Before you go running to the store down the street, we need to make note of just one problem.
Cashews contain iron blockers that prevent you from fully absorbing the iron.
That is if you don’t mix it with a vitamin C-heavy food.
So if you’re headed to the supermarket for cashews, make sure you pick up some fruits
and vegetables to eat it with.
Even broccoli may do the trick.
Just so you know, this is not the only seafood
to appear on this list.
Outside of a fancy dinner party at a golf resort, the odds of you stumbling upon oysters is fairly rare.
And while they may seem gross to eat, have no fear.
You would only have to brave the taste of five to see its benefits.
Okay, that may be a lot.
Just take a breath and soldier through it.
Five oysters contain around 18% of your daily iron intake.
That’s around 3.2 mg.
Oysters are also a decent source of zinc, omega-3 fatty acid, potassium and magnesium.
So if you’re ever at a wedding and oysters are being served, don’t brush them off.
Give them a try.
It never hurts to try new food.
Unless your allergic to seafood.
Yes, I said it.
Tofu is a great source of iron.
This is another food that you’ve probably heard of, but wouldn’t be able to make out
in a line up.
Originating in China, Tofu is a food made from condensed soy milk, and is an incredibly
popular item among vegans and vegetarians.
It is also known to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as various forms of cancer.
Just a half a cup of tofu contains almost 7mg of iron.
There is also around 8 mg of protein, along with magnesium, copper, zinc and Vitamin B1.
In the spirit of trying something new, tofu isn’t a bad choice.
Would you rather go back to broccoli?
As soon as people hear that word, they get
Keep in mind, we’re talking DARK chocolate specifically.
Not only does this food improve brain function and reduce the risk of heart disease, it also
holds just over 7 mg of iron in a 3-ounce serving.
While dark chocolate is an amazing nutritional source, remember that just 2 pieces is over 170 calories.
If you are a chocolate junkie, it’s easy to lose track of your intake.
Try your best to resist temptation and have it only now and then.
Now this is the one I bet you’ve all been
Clear all of that delicious tofu off your plate and make room for spinach people!
Did you know that both raw and cooked spinach is rich in iron?
I mean, of course it tastes bad but when it comes to iron deficiency, do you really have
A single cup of spinach carries 6mg of iron.
If you would like an even higher dose of iron, cook it for as long as you can.
There is also a large amount of fiber, minerals and antioxidants, so if you’re in dire need
of a body cleanse, it may be time for you to toughen up and eat some spinach.
When people think of iron, chicken isn’t
usually the first thing that comes to mind.
But make no mistake, chicken is a fabulous source of the mineral.
A 3 ounce serving of dark chicken holds about 1.1 mg.
While this is only about 6% of your daily value, your body absorbs iron from meat products
much quicker than it does plant based.
This is why chicken is a great pre-workout food.
Remember how we said that oysters weren’t
going to be the only seafood on the list?
Well, here we are…
The average can of tuna contains around 3 mg of iron.
It is also less than 150 calories when mixed with water.
Like with chicken, tuna contains a type of iron known as heme, which is exclusive to meat.
How’s your iron intake been?
Would you consider trying any of these foods.
Let us know in the comment section…