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May 14, 2011

Low on iron (anemic)? Read on...

If you are low on iron, and have a low count of red cells in your blood there are some small adjustments you can make that can possibly change your life. I had problems with anemia while vegan and following these guidelines helped me to get my health back in order. I enjoy the those items in RED the best :) This is a picture of Magnus's homemade liverpasej.

1. To lower anemic conditions:

· Do not drink tea or coffee with your meals, as the tannins in tea block iron absorption (due to a swelling of the intestines), which leads to anemia.

· Increase Iron intake, which includes organic meat, poultry, liver, fish, seeds, nuts, egg yolks, artichokes, dried fruits, dark leafy vegetables, prunes, dried beans (beans, lentils, chickpeas), cereals and breads fortified with iron.

· Pair Iron with Vitamin C; which includes: Oranges, strawberries, pineapples, kiwis, guava, tomatoes, broccoli and many other fruits and vegetables

· Increase B12, which includes: shell fish, liver, caviar, octopus, crab/lobster, fish, cheese, eggs, meat, kidney, fortified cereals, breads and pastas. Other excellent food choices for vitamin B-12 are fruits, dried beans and peas.

· Increase folate, which includes: brewers yeast, lentils, edamame, romaine, pinto beans, okra, black beans, black eyed peas, spinach, kidney beans, broccoli, brussel spouts, collard greens, garbanzo beans, asparagus, OJ, beets, whole wheat bread, oranges, papaya, tofu.

· Increase pantholenic acid: liver and kidney, yeast, egg yolk, and broccoli. Fish, shellfish, chicken, legumes, mushrooms, avocado, and sweet potatoes are also good sources. Whole grains are good sources of pantothenic acid, but processing and refining grains may result in a 35% to 75% loss. Freezing and canning of foods result in similar losses.

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