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How can I get more iron from the foods I eat?

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To absorb the most iron from the foods you eat, avoid drinking coffee or tea.

To help your body absorb iron, eat it along with a good source of vitamin C -- such as orange juice, broccoli, or strawberries.

You may need an iron supplement. Speak to your health care provider about the proper dosage first and follow his or her instructions carefully.

From: Iron-Rich Foods WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Iron deficiency anemia."

MedlinePlus: "Iron deficiency anemia."

The University of Chicago Medical Center: "Iron Deficiency Anemia."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Iron."

University of Colorado, Denver: "Here’s how to increase iron in your diet!"

Womenshealth.gov: "Anemia."

Northwestern University: "Nutrition Fact Sheet: Iron."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Iron deficiency anemia."

MedlinePlus: "Iron deficiency anemia."

The University of Chicago Medical Center: "Iron Deficiency Anemia."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Iron."

University of Colorado, Denver: "Here’s how to increase iron in your diet!"

Womenshealth.gov: "Anemia."

Northwestern University: "Nutrition Fact Sheet: Iron."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on November 26, 2018

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