Iron Rich Foods

Spinach may not give you superpowers to fight off villains like Popeye’s enemy Pluto, but these leafy green foods and other foods that contain iron can help you fight a different kind of enemy – iron deficiency anemia.

Iron deficiency anemia, the most common form of anemia, is a low red blood cell count due to a severe iron deficiency.

Without enough iron, your body cannot produce enough hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that makes it possible for them to carry oxygen to body tissues. As a result, you may feel weak, tired and irritable.

About 20% of women, 50% of pregnant women, and 3% of men do not have enough iron in their bodies. The solution in many cases, is to consume more iron-rich foods.

How does your body use iron in food?
When you eat iron-rich food, your body absorbs iron mainly through the upper part of the small intestine.