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Iron Rich Diet

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is an iron-rich diet?

An iron-rich diet includes foods that are good sources of iron. People need extra iron during childhood, adolescence (teenage years), and pregnancy. Iron is a mineral that your body needs to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is part of your blood and helps carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Eat iron-rich foods and vitamin C every day to prevent iron deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency anemia can lead to other health problems in adults and growth or development problems in children.

How much iron do I need each day?

Which foods contain iron?

What are some iron-rich foods?

Sources of Iron

What are good sources of vitamin C?

Eat a serving of vitamin C with any iron-rich food to help your body absorb more iron. The following fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamin C:

Sources of Vitamin C

What other guidelines should I follow?

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