Pork, poultry, seafood, beans, peas and beef are all helpful for addressing anemia because they are high in iron, according to Mayo Clinic. Eating foods rich in vitamin C, such as broccoli and grapefruit, also helps fight anemia by enhancing the body's absorption of iron.
Some foods, including many dried cereals, breads and pastas, are fortified with iron, making them a good choice for preventing and treating anemia, according to Mayo Clinic. Dried fruits, such as apricots and raisins, are also high in iron, as are leafy greens such as spinach. Iron from meat is easier for the body to absorb than iron from plant sources.
To treat iron-deficiency anemia, iron supplements may be used, explains Mayo Clinic. To ensure the supplements are absorbed properly, patients are advised to take them on an empty stomach. Drinking a glass of orange juice or taking a vitamin C supplement along with an iron supplement may enhance absorption. Iron deficiency anemia cannot be corrected overnight, and generally, the underlying cause must be treated to prevent it from returning. Causes of anemia include peptic ulcers and heavy menstrual blood flow. Birth control pills may help regulate a heavy menstrual flow to address anemia, and antibiotics may help heal a peptic ulcer.