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What Food Should Anemic People Eat?

Updated on February 17, 2015


Anemia Info

When i was little I had a blood disease called Henoch -Schonlein Pupura, which is a form of Child Vasculitis, it is very rare with only 14 children in 100,000 infected. I am not sure if it is related but ever since then i have suffered from a low iron deficiancy, which gets worse when i am pregnant, resulting in me having blood transfusions in two out of three of my labours.

Iron deficiency Anemia is when the body does not have enough iron to produce red blood cells, There are other types of Anemia which can be caused by a loss of folate or B12 in the body, but Iron deficiency Anemia is certainly the most common type of this disorder affecting 1 in 20 men and 1 in 20 post menopausal woman, however this type of anemia is more common in woman who are still menstruating or pregnant. Anemia can also be caused by a poor diet, or in children under three who are not getting enough Iron in their body, more seriously it can be caused by internal bleeding so if you think you may be low on Iron it is very important to have it checked out immedietely.

I have regular blood tests to monitor my Iron level and take Iron tablets every day, you can also have Iron injections, i always know when my Iron level is low because i start feeling really tired and dizzy, and my face and the bottom of my eyes pale in colour, if you do happen to be taking Iron tablets, my doctor once told me, after eating if you take your Iron tablets with Pure Orange Juice it is more effective, never take them with tea or coffee as these drinks actually absorb your iron which is kind of defeating the object, just a little tip i thought i would share with you.



You can help stop this type of Anemia by eating plenty of Iron rich foods, and remember your body absorbs Iron best that comes from red meat, i have wrote a list of Iron rich foods below.......

1. Steak, Liver, Beef, Pork and Lamb

2. Seafood such as Tuna and Salmon, Sardines, Oysters, Shrimp etc etc

3. Kidney Beans, Lima Beans, Soy Beans and Lentils

4. Dried Fruits such as Apricots, Dates, Prunes and Raisins

5. Nuts such as penuts, pecan, cashews, almonds

6. Green Vegetables such as Broccoli and Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Watercress etc

7. Iron Fortified Whole Grains such as Cereal, Bread, Rice and Pasta

8. Blackstrap Molasses

9. Tofu

10. Dark Chocolatte such as Bournville

11. Tomatoes and Baked Beans

12. Sunflower Seeds

13. Cornned Beef

14. Iron Rich Protein Drinks

15. Guinness


Signs & Symptoms of Anemia

There are many symptoms of Anemia and here are just some of them

1. Sudden Tiredness

2. Pale complexion

3. Fainting

4. Heart palpitations

5. Shortness of breath

6. Weakness

7. Ringing in the ears

8. Dizziness

9. Rapid heartbeat

10. difficulty sleeping or concentrating

11. Fatigue

12. The red lining of the mouth and eyelids fade to a light pinkie colour

13. Headache

14. Abnormal Menstruation


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    • zoey24 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from South England

      Thank you hotwebideas. I know when my iron level is low because i feel tired and dizzy, if you take your iron tablets with pure orange it will actualy work much quicker for you. There is quite a big variety of iron enriched foods, but i always keep a bar of bourneville in the fridge too lol :)

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      Bruce Chamoff 

      6 years ago from New York

      Hey Zoey, this is a great list of foods. I have anemia and notice from your list that I do consume a lot of these foods, but my doctor suggested that I take iron pills.

      My biggest symptom was the difficulty to get up when I usually had no trouble. I think it is easier to get up since I started taking the iron, but I do notice from your list that am eating a lot of this food.

      Great hub!


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