One of the best ways to prevent iron-deficiency anemia is to make sure to have eat iron-rich food such as:
- Pulses (beans, lentils, peas)
- Leafy, green vegetables like kale or spinach
- Cereals or grains fortified with iron
Some food or drink can also make it harder for your body to absorb iron if you ingest large amounts of them. So make sure to eat or drink the following in moderation:
- Dairy like milk
- Tea or coffee
Make sure to eat and drink more vitamin C rich food and drink, to help your body absorb more iron. Some fruits rich in vitamin C to try are:
- Citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, or grapefruit
Low levels of iron, which can result in a shortage of red blood cells, cause iron deficiency anemia. This condition can cause a number of symptoms like weakness or delayed growth, especially in children. However, making sure to have enough iron in your diet can help prevent this condition from occurring.
Learn more about Anemia here.