Iron is an essential mineral needed to make haemoglobin, the red pigment in our blood which carries oxygen around the body. Basically we need iron to have healthy blood. It is therefore important that we get enough iron through diet as lack of iron can lead to health problems such as anaemia, tiredness, weakness and paleness. Iron from animal foods e.g. meat and fish is much better absorbed than iron from non-animal sources e.g. lentil, beans, spinach.
Two simple ways to improving iron absorption from food:
1. Tea is the UK favourite drink but unfortunately this popular drink can affect absorption of iron into the body. Tea should therefore be avoided during mealtimes and up to an hour after a meal. So really this British favourite is best enjoyed between meals.
2. Vitamin C helps iron to be absorbed from foods better. A food or drink high in vitamin C can improve iron absorption from non-animal sources, if eaten or drank at the same meal. Examples of food rich in vitamin C are: fruits and fruit juices like oranges, kiwi and strawberries or vegetables e.g. potatoes, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.
I think enhancing iron absorption naturally through food and drink is the way to go instead of using synthetic supplements!Last modified on