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

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Glad you asked

You should supplement.
Your physician -- perhaps an evidence-based holist -- or a scientific dietician can help you. Militant vegetarians will give you bad information -- for example, you'd need to take 17 tablespoons of the magic molasses to have a chance of meeting an average adult's needs. Much of the iron in vegetables isn't absorbable.

In brief: Glad you asked

You should supplement.
Your physician -- perhaps an evidence-based holist -- or a scientific dietician can help you. Militant vegetarians will give you bad information -- for example, you'd need to take 17 tablespoons of the magic molasses to have a chance of meeting an average adult's needs. Much of the iron in vegetables isn't absorbable.
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