A MIGHTY MINERAL
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: