What foods can help reduce fatigue from an iron deficiency?

Many foods that are high in iron are recommended to be part of the diet for a person with iron deficiency anemia. The following foods are good sources of iron: red meat, egg yolks, dark leafy greens (spinach, collards), dried fruits (raisins and prunes), mollusks (clams, scallops and oysters), liver, beans, lentils, chick peas, soybeans and artichokes.  Adding a variety of these foods is a good way to supplement iron in your diet.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
To fight fatigue that's caused by an iron deficiency, turn to iron-rich foods. By changing your diet, you could see significant changes in your energy level within as little as one week.

There are two types of dietary iron:
  • Heme iron derived from hemoglobin is found in meat-based protein and is absorbed two to three times faster than non-heme iron. Lean ground beef, chicken livers, oysters, and clams are potent sources of iron in this category.
  • Non-heme iron is found in plant-based foods. Beans, spinach, broccoli, dried fruits (such as apricots), and fortified cereals are among the best sources.

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