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
- Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach
- Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots
- Iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas
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:
- Leafy greens
(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?