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What foods can an athlete eat to increase iron levels?

Low iron levels can occur for a variety of reasons, one of which is a nutritional deficit in what you are eating. Chicken and beef livers are excellent sources of iron. Red meat (beef) is also a good source of iron. Meats can be high in fat, so if you prefer eating nonanimal sources, then beans, pumpkin seeds, and legumes (soybeans) are great options. There are also cereals and oatmeal brands that have added iron.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Appalachian State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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