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10 Foods High in Iron


2. Oysters

Probably not something you eat every week, but still, they’re full of protein and they’re really good for you. Depending where you are, they may be relatively easy to get hold of. If you’re landlocked, you’ll probably have difficulty.

Those of you lucky enough to live near the coast can enjoy oysters as a starter or as a part of a healthy balanced meal. They’re not only full of protein, but they’re also packed full of vitamin B12 and zinc. The same nutritional values are true for other mollusks, like mussels and clams, so don’t worry if oysters are too expensive or difficult for you to get a hold of.

In one oyster, you’ll get between 3 and 5mg of iron, which is exceptionally high for something so small. There are lots of recipes you can sue to cook these mollusks, and prepare them with vegetables and other fresh ingredients. Most fish contain a lot of iron too, so if you’re trying to improve your health and iron intake, fish is a good place to start.

One particular reason you might want to start eating more mollusks and fish is if you have anemia. This condition means that you don’t eat enough iron, and results in dizziness, difficulty concentrating on tasks at hand, weakness and general fatigue. Over time it can also cause extremely ill health, making it difficult to do much without falling asleep.

Anemia is a condition that currently around five million Americans suffer from, so it’s not unlikely that you could benefit from a little more iron in your diet – especially is you’ve had any recent blood loss or have been menstruating. Oysters are perfect for that!

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