Iron deficiency anemia is exactly what its name suggests - a deficiency in the mineral: iron. If your body isn’t getting enough iron, you might start to feel quite tired and weak or you may even experience chest pain and headaches - with none of these symptoms being particularly favourable! [1]

Although iron deficiency can commonly be treated with iron supplements, there are some iron-rich foods which you can include in your diet to take steps towards managing your levels [2].

See also: Iron Deficiency Anemia: Symptoms and Causes


What Foods are Rich in Iron?


It’s possible to reduce your risk of developing iron deficiency anemia [3], or managing existing iron deficiency by eating foods rich in iron; luckily there’s plenty of these!


Animal sources


  • Liver
  • Red meat
  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Seafood

Plant sources


  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Kidney beans
  • Kale
  • Dried fruits
  • Quinoa

See also: How Much Iron is Too Much?


Curious about your iron levels? One of the most reliable ways to find out more is by taking an Iron Test - this can be done by visiting your doctor or from home with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s at-home Iron Test can check for iron deficiency and iron overload. Online results will be available within 5 days and our medical team will be available to help every step of the way.

You should consider taking the test if:

  • You are suffering from an iron deficiency
  • You are suffering from hemochromatosis
  • You are vegetarian
  • You frequently donate blood
  • You are suffering from fatigue, low energy or low mood
  • You have a family history of hemochromatosis
  • You are from Northern Europe, you are more likely to suffer from hemochromatosis

See also: What is Hemochromatosis? Symptoms and Causes



References

  1. Mayo Clinic. Iron deficiency anemia. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019
  2. NHS. Iron deficiency anemia. Online: NHS.uk, 2018
  3. Mayo Clinic. Iron deficiency anemia. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019