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6 Tips to prevent Iron deficiency Anemia and maximise iron absorption in our body..



INTRODUCTION :

I met my friend who told me that she was on Iron supplements as her haemoglobin level is low. She was also taking an antacid tablet for her acidity . She would take an antacid, have breakfast and then take Iron supplement. Was she doing right ? The answer is NO, because the antacid will interfere with the Iron absorption.

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Iron is an important component of haemoglobin (Hb) in Red blood cells(RBC). Haemoglobin in red blood cells contain iron which carries oxygen to our body. Therefore , lack of iron in our body leads to Iron deficiency Anemia.

Signs and Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia :

Extreme tiredness

Pale skin

Hair loss

Brittle nails

Headache

Dizziness

If haemoglobin is too low,

Chest pain

Tachycardia ( increased heart rate )


Iron rich sources :


Green leafy vegetables specially spinach, drumstick.



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Lentils such as soyabeans


Soya Beans And Milk

Meat

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Liver


Steak With Red Sauce on Late


Seafood

Shrimps


Egg yolks

Sliced Egg on Top of Green Salad With Bread

Dates :

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Tips to prevent iron deficiency anemia :

1. Take Iron rich food :


Include iron rich foods in your diet.

2. Use jaggery instead of sugar wherever possible : 

Sugar is more refined and contains empty calories. Jaggery contains iron .People with low iron take can replace jaggery with sugar as this gives small amount of iron.

3. Take vitamin C rich sources :

Iron gets best absorbed in the presence of vitamin C so if u have eaten spinach also include orange or lime after sometime.
Orange Fruit


4.  Avoid Calcium after iron intake:

Calcium interfere with iron absorption therefore plan your meals accordingly. Ex: u have eaten spinach do not drink milk in few hours .

Note : Also avoid tea, coffee during meals containing iron.

5. Avoid with antacids:

Antacids are drugs which reduce acidity. Also, this drugs interfere with iron absorption .Therefore , see that there is good time interval between antacid and iron intake.

6. Iron and calcium supplements :

In pregnancy, u will be given both supplements. Take supplements as prescribed by doctor. Usually , if one is taken in morning the other will be taken during the night for proper absorption of each supplement.

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Note 1:

If your child looks pale and has less concentration in studies it may be due to lack of iron  ,which is component of Haemoglobin which carries oxygen to blood cells. Therefore, get blood test done and treat accordingly.

NOTE 2 : 

Drumstick leaves has high iron content. About 100 gm of drumstick leaves contain 4 mg of iron. My neighbour who hails from a village told me that they do not eat drumstick leaves in their village inspite of its availability. Include drumstick leaves it has various other health benefits too.

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CONCLUSION :

This was short blog on Iron deficiency anemia and the factors influencing iron absorption. If you liked the information, please leave in your valuable comments. Thank you...


By Divya Lokesh.

Comments

  1. A very well written and informative post. I have genetic Haemochromatosis which is iron overload. The symptoms begin just as aenemia wxcept golden hue nit pale. The iron deposits and chorrodes as in rust. The rust is pushed into the organs as the blood can not deal with too much. Consequently cancer, cirrhosis, dementia, heart disease chronic athritus, lung disease and diabetes are the things we have to face. This condition is the most common genetic disorder but is the most undiagnosed. People need to be sure it is anemia and not this condition before they self medicate.

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    1. Thanks alot for the reply Ellen and giving an insight to Haemochromatosis condition . If diagnosed early and serum ferritin levels are maintained the person leads a normal life. Yes, its not advisable to self medicate . Thank you for a valuable feedback. Prayers for your good health.

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