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I've read too much red meat is unhealthy, but that it's also the best source of absorbable iron. how much can/should i eat a week for sufficient iron?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Iron pill: Rather than relying on red meat, you may take oral iron supplement available over the counter. If constipation tends to be an issue, take the pill with meals and you may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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