Iron Up Your Plate: Quirky Foods to Combat Anemia

Anemia is a common condition that occurs when the body doesnt have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body is tissues. More than 55% of Indian population are majorly affected by iron deficiency anemia. Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include fatigue, pallid complexion, a fast or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest pain, light-headedness.

Here is a list of food that one must include in their diet to up their blood count.
4Spinach is a rich source of iron and folate and regular consumption of it quickly enhances the red blood cell production.
4Pomegranate is rich in iron, folate, fiber and vitamin C. The ascorbic acid in pomegranate plays a crucial role in increasing the absorption of iron and thus increasing the blood count in the body.

4Chicken: Chicken is a rich source of heme iron, which is more easily absorbed by the body than non-heme iron found in plant-based foods.
4 Dates are a potent source of iron and vitamin C and significantly help increase the hemoglobin levels and also provide instant energy.
4Bananas are packed with iron, vitamin B12, folic acid which are helpful in treating anemia. They are good source of fiber and potassium making them a healthy choice for those with anemia.
4Beetroot juice is an excellent source of iron and vitamin C and significantly helps increase the blood count. It is a potent antioxidant, the nitric oxide in beetroot significantly improves the flow of blood and also brings color to the pale skin. 4Spirulina effectively increases the hemoglobin content of red blood cells and also improves immune function of the body.

In addition to the above foods, it is also essential to include foods that are rich in vitamin C in your diet as it helps the body absorb iron more effectively. Some excellent sources of vitamin C in Indian cuisine include tomatoes, lemon, guava, and amla.
No single food will cure anemia. But eating an overall healthy diet rich in dark, leafy greens, nuts and seeds, and vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables can help you get the iron you need to manage anemia. Be sure to discuss supplements with your healthcare provider because it’s difficult to get enough iron from diet alone.


Dr Anish Desai is MD, Clinical Pharmacologist and Nutraceutical Physician, Founder and CEO, IntelliMed Healthcare Solutions.

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