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I think I have an iron deficiency. What should I do to correct this problem?

Question:

I think I have an iron deficiency. What should I do to correct this problem?

Reponse:

Hello,

It's simple enough to get enough iron from the food you eat, but first and foremost, it's important to consult a specialist who can diagnose an iron deficiency that may have several causes.

There are two types of dietary iron: heme iron from meat and fish (red meat, liver, poultry, fish, and seafood) and non-heme iron found in plant and animal by-products (dried fruit, tofu, potatoes with skin, tomato paste, whole grains, legumes, green vegetables, nuts, grains, eggs, and dairy products).

Heme iron, however, is more easily absorbed by the body, than non-heme iron. Here are a few tips for getting enough dietary iron, even if you're a vegetarian.

  • Avoid drinking coffee or tea with meals. They reduce the body's ability to absorb iron.
  • Make sure to consume a source of vitamin C, protein, or heme iron to help the body absorb non-heme iron. Try mixing red pepper with legumes, for example, or prepare some chili con carne with meat and legumes.
  • Avoid consuming too many dairy products which can also hinder the body’s absorption of iron.

There are also iron supplements and other natural options. For more information on the subject, consult a specialist at one of our Rachelle-Béry stores.

Marjolaine Jetté
Editor of LE must magazine