Proper Diet For Iron Deficiency Anemia


A person suffers form anemia when there is a fall in the level of red blood cells (hemoglobin) in his/her body. The most common reason for anemia is lack of iron in the body. Nearly 30% of iron in a human body is stored in the spleen, liver and the bone marrows.

Iron helps in the growth and development of the red blood cells. If a person has low amount of iron in his/her body, the production of red blood cells starts decreasing, resulting in anemia.

The most common symptom of iron deficiency anemia is fatigue. An anemic person feels low and tired all the time. In most of the cases, the skin becomes pale and lifeless. The person’s eyes may look pale and tired too. In severe cases, the patient collapses when s/he feels exhausted.

Anemia is a serious problem and in most of the cases the doctors suggest to have foods that are a rich source of iron and Vitamin B12. It has been noticed that a proper diet plan can help a person to fight against anemia. Let us give you an idea on the perfect diet for anemic people:

Green leafy vegetables: Have loads of green leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage etc. They are a very potent source of iron. You can have them in your salads or simply boil them to consume directly.

Beet juice: Beet juice is a rich source of iron, potassium, calcium, copper and vitamin. All these substances trigger the growth of red blood cells in the body.

Fenugreek seeds: Soak 3 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in 1 glass of water for a few hours and drink it regularly. You can also consume 5 fenugreek leaves daily to fight iron deficiency anemia.

Iron-rich non vegetarian foods: Foods like meat, eggs, fish etc. are rich sources of iron. These help your body to fight against anemia. Animal livers are a must in this case.

Cereals: Have cereals like barley and corn. They have high amount of fiber in them along with Vitamin B12 and iron. You should also include white breads, rice and pastas in your diet chart.

Apart from following the above diet chart an anemic person must visit the doctor and go for hemoglobin tests from time to time.


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