The Very Best Iron Rich Foods

The Very Best Iron Rich Foods

So you need more iron in your diet. Maybe you’re vegan. Maybe you read a magazine article about how iron is important. Maybe you’re a superhero who depends on having a lot of iron in her bloodstream to gain superpowers. Maybe you want to achieve a lifelong dream of being hoisted up by a giant magnet.

Or maybe you’ve got an iron deficiency you want to clear up. Like anemia, for instance. Getting an anemia diagnosis can be pretty startling and scary.

Anemia is when your body simply isn’t producing enough red blood cells, which makes it very difficult for your body to carry oxygen to everywhere that needs it (1).

That’s bad.

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It means irritability, tiredness, and a feeling of weakness.

And it’s also common. Over 20% of women, and 50% of pregnant women have an iron deficiency. Deficiencies suck, no matter what they are.

So how do you solve it? Simple – eat more food that contains iron.

What Kind Of Food Though?

Good question!

Your body absorbs the iron in the food you eat through the upper part of your small intestine (2).

However – did you know that there’s actually two kinds of iron in the foods you eat? And that they’re totally different from each other?

complicated .

Actually, it’s pretty simple. The two types are heme and nonheme iron. You’ll find heme iron in foods that come from animals – because it’s derived from the hemoglobin in those animals. Think foods like red meat, poultry, and fish.

Plus, those kinds of foods give you a ton of protein, which is very important for your body as well.

Heme iron is the best if you want to get a lot of iron, because it absorbs most readily into your body.

Nonheme iron, on the other hand, is from plant and veggie sources. If you want as great a benefit to your body as heme iron, you need to eat more of it.

So What Should I Be Eating?

Let’s break this down into sections from best sources of iron to “well that’s just ok I guess.”

For heme iron, the best sources you can find are chicken liver, beef, oysters, clams, mollusks, and mussels. 3oz servings of any of those … (continued – Click to keep reading The Very Best Iron Rich Foods)

30 comments… add one
  • Jeanie Harris October 21, 2015, 10:52 pm

    It is nice to see that iron can get into your body any number of ways. Most people reach for that pill, however, that is not always the best option for your body.

  • Tammy Rodriguez October 20, 2015, 2:25 pm

    It might be a little easier to take an iron pill every day, but you are going to get the BEST source of iron from food that contains it.

  • Nancy Jensen October 16, 2015, 9:18 am

    Before reading this, I thought it might be as easy as taking a pill. Now I see that there are two different kinds and that makes things a little different.

    • Eileen Ballenger October 21, 2015, 11:28 pm

      It is too bad that a lot of people look at it this way. Just eat the foods that you are supposed to so you are healthy and everything will be fine!

  • Misty Chapman October 15, 2015, 8:14 am

    I have been taking an iron supplement with my meals because I was told I might have a deficiency like this. Is that a bad thing and can I “overdose” on iron?

  • October 15, 2015, 12:55 am

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  • Phyllis Bryant October 15, 2015, 12:31 am

    Iron rich foods are not that hard to find. If you need more iron in your diet, just take a look online and make a list for the next time you are going to go grocery shopping. It is really that easy!

  • Deborah Brucker October 13, 2015, 9:37 pm

    Do I need to have iron in my diet to survive? It seems like a lot of things to keep track of.

    • Samantha Harmon October 20, 2015, 2:43 pm

      I do not think it is life or death. Read the post above and see some of the symptoms of lower iron and maybe that will help you.

  • Mary Johnson October 13, 2015, 9:26 pm

    This is one of those posts that needs to be shared with friends and family so that there are people who are informed.

  • Eva Crick October 12, 2015, 2:49 pm

    It is so nice that you can actually get what you need for your body FROM food and you do not have to rely on a pill.

    • Jennifer Ramirez October 15, 2015, 8:02 am

      This is true. I have been trying to get away from pills for a few years and am making progress.

  • Jeanice Niemi October 10, 2015, 6:38 am

    Getting iron into your diet is easy as long as you know what foods are the ones that can help you. Take to the internet and see what you can find.

  • Nan Huff October 9, 2015, 1:56 pm

    I have the symptoms that line up with this sort of deficiency, but I have not been tested for it. Should I get to the doctor, or just assume that is the issue?

  • Jackeline Booth October 8, 2015, 2:44 pm

    Very good post! This kind of information if very important especially if you are not getting all the minerals that you need to maintain a healthy body!

  • Danielle Perez October 7, 2015, 11:25 am

    Knowing what I know now about iron, I think I can tackle it from a different stand point and get it into my diet more. Thanks!

  • Georgette Presley October 6, 2015, 1:26 pm

    I didn’t realize that there were two different types of iron for your body. Knowing that now, you can make a better decision about how you put it into your body or how it needs to be in your diet.

  • Jennifer Warren October 6, 2015, 11:41 am

    I was always told that I could have a deficiency, but I did not want to believe it. I guess in the long run, it is not a bad thing, but you need to make sure you get things like iron and other minerals into your body when you have the chance.

  • Debbie Foster October 2, 2015, 10:39 am

    iron is essential for your body. it is also one of the few minerals that you can get from meat OR veggies.

    • Cynthia Douglass October 7, 2015, 11:45 am

      Yes, you are right. But, unless you know for sure that you need it, you should not be adjusting your diet.

  • Ida McCain October 2, 2015, 10:29 am

    Ah, two different kinds. That makes sense that the one from meat would be different than the one from veggies and etc.

    • Bernice Marshall October 9, 2015, 2:08 pm

      yes it does. both are great for your body and the first thing you should do if you are experiencing sleepiness, is get the iron count checked in your blood.

  • Thu Lewis October 1, 2015, 9:32 pm

    I was told by my doctor that I needed to eat more foods that are rich in iron. I wasn’t sure what those were, so I am glad to have found them here.

  • Sandy Slaughter October 1, 2015, 9:23 pm

    Two different kinds of iron? I never heard that before. I learned something new today!

    • Judith Motto October 8, 2015, 2:58 pm

      Yeah, I did not know this either. That is very helpful information!

  • Mary Acevedo October 1, 2015, 9:13 pm

    Great list. Being deficient in iron makes me more tired and my doctor suggested the same thing when I questioned him about it.

    • Karen Brown October 10, 2015, 6:46 am

      My doctor said the same thing. I was glad it was not about taking expensive pill!

    • Eva Scott October 12, 2015, 2:58 pm

      Mine too! It is a great thing to hear that you do NOT have to take a pill.

  • Sheila Hammond October 1, 2015, 9:03 pm

    When it comes to your diet, there are so many ways that you can control what goes into your body. This is a great post for those that might be deficient in iron and want to get it naturally if they can.

    • Kimberly Jackson October 16, 2015, 9:29 am

      I think that is the best part. YOU can control so much and that is why when people make excuses, it makes me wonder.

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