Needing To Increase My Iron

So, lately I have been more tired than usual and felt like I was in kind of a brain fog (did a couple of just stupid out of character things). I may have discovered the culprit. I went to give blood yesterday and my iron level was the lowest it could be and still give blood. I still went ahead and gave blood since I was there and have a blood type that is often needed.


My iron is never near the top and I already take an iron supplement every day. So, I did a little research to see what foods are heavy in iron.

Foods rich in iron include:

  • Red meat
  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Beans
  • Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots
  • Iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas
  • Peas

I also learned that you can enhance your body’s absorption of iron by drinking citrus juice or eating other foods rich in vitamin C at the same time that you eat high-iron foods. Vitamin C in citrus juices, like orange juice, helps your body to better absorb dietary iron.

Vitamin C is also found in:

  • Broccoli
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Leafy greens
  • Melons
  • Oranges
  • Peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Tomatoes

(Source: The Mayo Clinic)


Last night for dinner I had a steak with some spinach (both on the list). My morning smoothie (which I skipped yesterday) contains a ton of spinach and strawberries – so that’s a good thing.

I looked at my iron supplement to see if I could have 2 per day, but didn’t see that listed anywhere on the bottle so I will continue with my one per day. I also saw recommended to take a B12 supplement, so I will pick some of those up today.

Iron rich cereals. Anyone have a favorite that they eat?

Do you have bloodwork done regularly? What supplements do you take? Do you have a favorite brand of supplements?



One Response to “Needing To Increase My Iron”

  1. super interesting. my niece NEEDS to up her iron and it’s so challenging with a little (she’s 6)…