A MIGHTY MIN­ERAL

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It’s com­mon for ane­mic pa­tients to feel fa­tigued and lethar­gic, and that just won’t do dur­ing the fast-paced hol­i­day sea­son. The cure for some types of ane­mia is nat­u­rally con­tained in food, and you shouldn’t have to al­ter your hol­i­day shop­ping list much to lift the spir­its of any ane­mic friends or rel­a­tives in your life.

While ane­mia can be a se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tion with­out a “quick fix,” iron and vi­ta­min C can pave the way to re­cov­ery from a com­mon va­ri­ety known as vi­ta­min de­fi­ciency ane­mia. Treat­ment of this va­ri­ety in­volves in­creas­ing the oxy­gen ad­min­is­tered to body tis­sue through red blood cells. To in­crease the num­ber of red blood cells, max­i­mize the pro­duc­tion of he­mo­glo­bin—an iron-rich pro­tein that car­ries oxy­gen from the lungs through­out the body tis­sue and re­turns car­bon diox­ide back to the lungs. Vi­ta­min C is in­flu­en­tial in help­ing your body ab­sorb more iron, and there­fore helps treat ane­mia with more haste.

You can for­tify your diet with sup­ple­ments, but the best source is to in­clude them in your diet it­self. This means iron is on the menu—with a hearty help­ing of vi­ta­min C! Since iron makes he­mo­glo­bin, and he­mo­glo­bin dis­trib­utes oxy­gen, you’ll want to reach for iron-rich foods to put a stop to your—or your loved one’s— ane­mia. Red meats, seafood, and poul­try are great sources of iron for meat-eaters. For non-meat sources of iron, try:

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