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I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I get enough iron?

I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I get enough iron?

Vegetarian: In addition to dr. Baez's answer- you can open this site: www.Ironrichfood.Org for more information. The more crucial thing for you will be to make sure you take some vitamin B12 supplement as you are prone to have vitamin B12 deficiency. You can take oral tablet daily, or sublingual form vitamin b12. ...Read more

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I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I get enough iron daily?

I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I get enough iron daily?

Beans and Greens: Many vegetarian foods are good sources of iron, especially soybeans, lentils, other beans/peas & greens like chard & spinach. You can also take supplements. Iron needs vary with sex & age-menstruating & pregnant women need the most, adult men & menopausal women need very little. See http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/iron-healthprofessional/ for more details. ...Read more

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I am a vegetarian. What steps should I take to make sure I eat enough iron?

Varied diet: Sources of iron - egg yolks, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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I'm a woman and a vegetarian. Should I take iron supplements?

I'm a woman and a vegetarian. Should I take iron supplements?

Depends : Have your blood count checked to see if you are anemic. Most vegetarians can get adequate amounts of iron through their diet provided they eat a healthy and varied diet. ...Read more

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My age is 42 years & vegetarian female.So do I need to take iron supplement & l have a normal diet and if yes then how much?

My age is 42 years & vegetarian female.So do I need to take iron supplement & l have a normal diet and if yes then how much?

Depends: It is best to have your CBC and iron checked. Green leafy vegetables are a good source of iron. There are what we call essential Amino Acids and essential minerals that have to come from certain sources. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about them. ...Read more

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Where foods can supply you with iron if you are a vegetarian?

Beans/Green Leafy: Dried beans and green leafy vegetables are a good source of iron. Examples include: soybeans, lentils, black beans, and spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens. ...Read more

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Please tell what can I eat as a vegetarian to make up for my daily iron requirement?

Please tell what can I eat as a vegetarian to make up for my daily iron requirement?

Greens: Green leafy vegetables such as spin inch and broccoli and Kale are rich in iron and also low in calorie Raisins are rich in iron , but high in carb . Starches can bind your iron , so try to avoid them if possible . Be sure to eat beans as a source of protein . Take a good food supplement to help get iron . Notice I did not say Vitamin . Go to the health food store for that . Good luck . ...Read more

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My HB level is currently 10.5-. As a female vegetarian who does endurance mountain biking I battle to keep iron levels constant. May I keep training?

My HB level is currently 10.5-. As a female vegetarian who does endurance mountain biking I battle to keep iron levels constant. May I keep training?

Absolutely, but....: Exercise induced anemia is part of the body's normal adaptation to endurance exercise and is expected. The challenge is to make certain that you do not also have iron deficiency anemia or some other cause. One way to tell is by showing that your HB level moves towards normal after a period of limited exercise, say a week or more. If concerned see Dr. ...Read more

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I am vegetarian and my iron and zinc are borderline low. What are best foods i can eat regularly to increase and keep these levels up?

I am vegetarian and my iron and zinc are borderline low. What are best foods i can eat regularly to increase and keep these levels up?

Beans, nuts, seeds &: For iron eat beans, soybeans, brown rice, quinoa, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, chard, collards, tomato sauce, dark chocolate etc. See http://tinyurl.com/kklhgbv Conveniently. many of these same foods are rich in zinc. See http://tinyurl.com/pfgdjf2 However, phytates in plant foods may impair zinc absorption. Thus, consider supplementing with a multivitamin. See http://tinyurl.com/mzrkbx8 ...Read more