Iron-Rich Fruits That Are Helpful For Those Suffering From Anemia

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Anemia is a blood disorder that happens when the body does not make enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to the muscles and other tissue. This is why people with anemia often feel tired very quickly: their muscles are not getting enough oxygen-rich blood to supply their energy needs.

The most common causes of anemia are a deficiency of iron, a deficiency in vitamin B12, and a deficiency of folic acid. There are other reasons, such as lactation, aging, inherited disorders, and worm infestation, but most often it is simply a lack of iron in the diet.

Add one of these fruits to your diet daily and you will encourage not only the production of healthier red blood cells, but you will also be providing your body with nutrients that help make absorbing supplements easier. Instead of reaching for a sugary dessert, eat one of these iron-rich fruits:

Prunes

Prunes are simply dried plums that need your attention. These humble fruits are considered to be a small package with great value. Prunes come packed with vitamin C and iron which is the key to boosting hemoglobin. Other than that, prunes are a rich source of magnesium, which leads to significant increase in the stimulation of RBCs. Magnesium also helps manage oxygen transportation in the body.

Mangoes

Mangoes are rich in iron and hence they are one of the best types of fruits to eat when you are anemic. This is one of the best fruits to have when you are anemic.

Apples and Dates

Apples and dates are both known to help improve iron levels in the blood. Adding a handful of sliced apples and dates to your oatmeal, yogurt, or even as a snack can be a tasty way to improve iron levels.

Watermelon

Watermelons are great iron sources. Not a dried fruits fan? Well, here’s the most juicilicious fruit which is also a great iron-rich fruit. Yes, one-eighth of a medium-sized watermelon has about 1.5 gm of iron. Not just that, watermelons are rich in vitamin C, which further increases the efficiency of non-heme iron in the body.

Read more: Heme Iron vs. Non-Heme Iron in Food

Orange

Iron cannot be fully absorbed by the body without the help of vitamin C and oranges are power packed with this vitamin. So load up on at least one orange every day in order to get the desired results.

Peaches

Peaches are surprisingly high in iron. 100 grams of dried peaches contain 6 mg of iron. In addition to iron, peaches are incredibly high in vitamin C, which boosts the absorption of iron and prevents the duplication of faulty red blood cells. Peaches have been credited with reducing cancer risk, obesity, improving the skin, and boosting eye health.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are loaded with Vitamin C and iron. They not only improve the flow of blood in the body, but are also quite effective in treating a number of anemic symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, weakness, etc. Make sure to consume one pomegranate daily (raw or juice form) to fight anemia.

Cantaloupes

One small cantaloupe contains over 300 percent of the daily vitamin C intake of your body. The melon is also high in iron, vitamin A, and magnesium. Working together, these nutrients boost the health of your red blood cells and reduce the symptoms of anemia.

Raisins

Another iron-rich fruit is raisins, which is basically dried grapes. A 100 gms of raisins contain about 1.9mg of iron. They contain almost twice the amount of iron present in grapes. When grapes are dehydrated to give raisins, the nutrients get more concentrated. Besides iron, raisins are also packed with carbohydrates, B vitamins, and potassium. Raisins contain certain members of vitamin B complex that are responsible for the formation of new blood.

Read more: Vitamins That Are Iron Absorption Enhancers

Barbados Cherry

Do you know this healing and therapeutic fruit? If not, take notes immediately because it is one of the best fruits with the highest levels of vitamin C and iron. The Barbados cherry is a type of cherry from Eastern India that is cultivated nowadays in different climates. Like we’ve said, it contains huge levels of vitamin C, but it also contains other kinds of nutrients like vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin A, flavonoids, and essential minerals (iron, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium), indispensable for the body. And how can we eat it? You’d ask yourself, well, fresh. In juices or even in jam. It’s perfect to treat anemia, to diminish weariness symptoms, stress, fatigue, and to also help strengthen our immune system.

Banana

Banana is a surprisingly good choice to include in iron-rich fruits. It stimulates the production of hemoglobin in the blood. Along with iron, it also makes for a good source of folic acid which is a B-complex vitamin that is required to make red blood cells.

Mulberries

Mulberries come in three colors: red, white, and black. Revered as the latest superfood, mulberries have been praised by Dr. Oz on his show. Not only are they great for diabetics, but they are also rich in iron, making them great fruit for anemics and those looking to increase their hemoglobin levels. Every 100 g of mulberries contains 1.8 mg of iron.

In China, the mulberry tree is hailed as the “tree of life.” There are significant medical uses for its leaves, bark, fruit, and roots. Mulberries are a great fruit to add to your iron-rich diet because they are delicious and can be used either dried or fresh to garnish dessert or spruce up the morning oatmeal.

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Photo by Samay Bhavsar on Unsplash Anemia is a blood disorder that happens when the body does not make enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to the muscles and other tissue. This is why people with anemia often feel tired very quickly: their muscles are not getting enough oxygen-rich blood to supply...
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