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Raising Iron Levels Naturally

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Raising iron levels naturallyMy iron levels are low, but I am not able to tolerate iron pills. What other options do I have?


Low iron can cause a number of symptoms, some more serious than others. It can also delay any upcoming surgeries, like a hysterectomy.

If you have low iron, you'll want to treat it. Your options may include iron tablets, supplements, and vitamins. Unfortunately, sometimes those can be tough on your stomach. They can also cause uncomfortable constipation.

If you don't absorb iron well or the side effects are too intense, you have other options. One of them is to alter your diet to try to bring your iron levels up naturally.

Below is a list of iron rich foods that you can incorporate into your diet to increase your iron levels.
  • Dried apricots, prunes, and raisins
  • Citrus fruits
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Green peas
  • Dark green leafy vegetables, like kale and collard greens
  • Liver
  • Red meat, pork, and poultry
  • Seafood, like clams, sardines, shrimp, tuna, and salmon
  • Soybeans
  • Peanuts, almonds, and other nuts
  • Whole grain products
  • Beans
  • Iron-fortified cereals, especially bran and oatmeal
  • Pumpkin and squash seeds
  • Eggs

It's also helpful to add vitamin C to your diet as it helps your body absorb iron. Here are some of the foods and drinks rich in vitamin C that you may also want to add to your diet.
  • Citrus fruits and drinks
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel spouts
  • Tomatoes
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Strawberries
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-19-2016 - 11:49 PM


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