Can We Really Get All the Iron We Need From Our Diet?
August 13, 2015
Considering that one quarter of the world’s population is anemic, getting the allotted recommendation of iron is clearly an issue. While some may choose to supplement, ‘Harvard Health Letters’ argues that our diets should be sufficient, especially for those who eat meat. For vegans or vegetarians, a hefty source of iron is spirulina seaweed where 3 ounces provide 28 mg of iron, which more than meets the recommended 18 mg of daily iron intake for women between the ages of 19 and 50. (Meanwhile, men over 19 and women over 51 only require 8 mg a day.) Another recommendation: Make sure you’re upping your Vitamin C intake as well, which helps the body better absorb iron. And if you do choose to supplement, check with your practitioner first since the body doesn’t discrete iron as quickly as other minerals. What are some ways you keep your iron levels in check? Sound off in the comments!