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Iron-Deficiency Anemia

Find balance and beat iron-deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency, whether it is severe enough to lead to anemia or not, can result from a number of health issues. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Get enough ironTo add iron to your diet, eat meat, poultry, and fish, dried fruit, molasses, leafy green vegetables, and wine, and cook acidic foods in an iron pan.
Add iron to a vegetarian dietVegetarians are more likely to have reduced iron stores, so increase your intake by emphasizing iron-containing foods.
Don’t mix iron with beverage breaksDrinking coffee or tea with iron supplements inhibits absorption.
Avoid taking iron supplements with a high-fiber mealHigh-fiber foods can reduce iron absorption, so avoid taking iron supplements during mealtime if the food is high in fiber.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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