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How to Get Enough Iron

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Without sufficient iron, you risk pale skin, fatigue, and anemia. Here's expert advice on how to get the recommended 18 milligrams daily.
Get Your Daily Iron Dosage

Up to 62 percent of women don't get sufficient iron in their diet, risking fatigue, pale skin, and anemia. "When you lose blood through menstruation, childbirth, or injury, you also lose iron," explains Jeannie Moloo, PhD, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Here's how to get the recommended 18 milligrams per day:

Consume Iron-Rich Foods

Try lean beef (3 mg per three-ounce serving), oysters (6 mg per six-piece serving), spinach (6 mg per cup), beans (4 to 8 mg per cup) and fortified cereal (Cheerios has 10 mg per cup).

Boost Absorption

The heme iron in meat is more absorbable than the nonheme iron in produce. Combining the two at one meal helps, as does consuming iron along with foods high in vitamin C, like citrus. Also, separate iron-rich foods from those high in calcium, like milk and cheese; the two minerals compete for absorption.

Originally published in Fitness magazine, December 2005.


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leannagaddy wrote:

Very good to know. I usually have milk with things rich in iron, but now I will know better.

12/26/2009 07:03:02 PM Report Abuse

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