What foods would you recommend for someone who struggles with low iron levels?

Joelene Lemke
Joelene Lemke answered 10/19/2019 23:22

Personal Fitness Coach, and Life Coach

Hello. What a great questions. My son had trouble absorbing iron. What we discovered was that citrus helped his body absorb the iron. So we would eat iron rich foods with an orange, or lemon water (through a straw, it will save your teeth) I would make smoothies. Beet are my go to for Iron source along with spinach, broccoli and black strap molasses I will put in my muffins.

Jackie Rioux
Jackie Rioux answered 10/22/2019 22:48

I have dealt with anemia most of my life. I found that drinking Ovaltine (chocolate flavor) keeps my iron levels from getting too low often.

Gregory Ashby
Gregory Ashby answered 10/23/2019 18:44

Certiied Health Coach-Functional Lifestyle Coach

I would agree the Joelene’s answer. You can also put Black Strap Molasses in Hot water for a good drink.

Larry Mangel
Larry Mangel answered 10/24/2019 21:09

Ayurvedic Practitioner

My clients have great success with FloraDix https://www.florahealth.com/us/products/floradixiron/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=us+enewsletter&utm_campaign=back+to+school+for+moms+sept-9-2019&utm_content=read+more&mc_cid=e5ae101f9f&mc_eid=3d894cdb9c

Kevin Bennett
Kevin Bennett answered 10/25/2019 20:24

Emotion Code Practitioner and Body code

dandelion and yellow dock herbs. I do muscle testing so I test the body what is needed and how much

Dr. Amanda Grace, ND
Dr. Amanda Grace, ND answered 10/30/2019 01:43

Naturopathic Doctor

It might also be helpful to know why your iron levels are low. Are you under a lot of stress? Do you have a heavy metal burden? Finding the cause would be best while supplementing with herbs like Kevin suggested.

answered 11/6/2019 15:38
Leafy Vegetables and fruits
answered 11/6/2019 15:38
Leafy Vegetables and fruits
Dora Toma
Dora Toma answered 11/13/2019 22:04

Functional Medicine Health Coach, Pregnancy Health Coach

I agree with Dr. Grace. But when it comes to food source - definitely the food with the highest amount of iron will be liver and then oysters, organ meats and meat in general. Animal source iron is the most bioavailable. Plant source non-heme iron is poorly absorbed because plants contain compounds like phytic acid, oxalates, and certain polyphenols. There are several ways to enhance iron absorption from your diet: 1. Combine with a source of vitamin C or other acidic ingredients (marinades, tomato sauce, etc) 2. Avoid eating calcium-rich foods at the same time with iron-rich foods since they compete in absorption. 3. Avoid antacids (they compete as well with iron absorption) 4. Consider cooking in cast iron pans, which can "fortify" your food. While working on the diet part you will still need to discuss with a trained practitioner and find the root cause of your low iron level.

Dr. Therese Walsh-Van Keuren
Dr. Therese Walsh-Van Keuren answered 11/19/2019 15:29

Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist, Herbalist

Dandelion Greens, Mustard Greens

Dr. Amanda Grace, ND
Dr. Amanda Grace, ND answered 11/19/2019 15:50

Naturopathic Doctor

Ryan, I am very close to you, in Williston. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to try a couple of complimentary BEMER sessions. http://gracefullwellness.bemergroup.com/en-US

Jenny Morris answered 1/18/2020 21:03

Organic meats, Liver, Shellfish, Legumes, Spinach