Iron deficient patients are diagnosed with anaemia. Anemia is a condition where the blood contains an inadequate concentration of red blood cells. Anemia symptoms are fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, headache, coldness in the hands and feet, pale skin and chest pain. Iron rich foods can help anaemic patients control their condition. Searching for iron rich foods is not difficult if the searcher knows what to look for.
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- Nutrition label
Search websites geared toward anaemic individuals, such as healthcastle.com. Lists of iron rich foods can be found on this site, along with a breakdown of different types of iron. Foods that enhance or hinder the body's iron absorption are also listed after the iron rich foods list.
Consult with a nutritionist. A professional consultation is the best approach for those who may be anaemic and seek anaemia control through diet. Nutritionists can help plan meals built around iron rich foods and supported with side dishes that encourage the body's natural iron absorption. A family doctor can help with referrals to a local nutritionist.
Read nutrition labels. Nutrition labels are required by law to list the percentage of certain nutrients contained in the product. Iron is included in the list. The list can be found on the back or side of most boxes, or opposite the brand panel on cans. Find the percentage daily requirement for iron in the product. The percentage is the portion of 100 per cent daily allowance that is provided by a serving of the particular food.
Tips and warnings
- Do not self diagnose anaemia. Ask your doctor to test your blood iron levels.
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