What Foods Provide a Good Source of Iron?


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Foods that provide a good source of iron include red meat, lentils, dark greens such as spinach, sesame seeds and garbanzo beans. While cooking meats tends to slightly increase the bioavailability of iron, the inverse is true for plants, with cooking or processing leading to a significant decrease in iron.

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Vitamin C helps the body's absorption of iron and can be found in citrus juices, broccoli, kiwi, leafy greens and melons. With as little as 50 mg of vitamin C it is possible in some cases to triple the absorption rate of iron.

Iron deficiency is the cause of more health problems around the world than any other deficiency. Iron is essential for oxygen transfer to tissues and supports metabolism in muscles and other organs.

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