Sunday, March 25, 2012

Iron Rich Foods

The other day a client was asking me for my opinion of iron rich foods, apart from the usually suggested meat and ‘eat more greens’. Helpful and correct advice but she needs more.

I consulted a supplier’s information catalogue and since she’s not the only friend who has low iron problems, I figured there might be more of you out there who would be interested in seeing the list.

This is also for those of you who are vegetarian or vegan; although it’s highly likely you will be familiar with most of the items on the list. I realise the Bee Pollen won’t be an option for vegans.

Bee pollen

Many of these are super foods; all of them are great for any one; you don’t need to be low on iron to enjoy the many benefits these foods bring.

Spirulina – I’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard of this one.

Bee Pollen
Acai  Powder
Goji – available as powder or dried berries
Lucuma Powder
Mesquite Powder
Maca Powder

Any of these above powders or dried fruit go easily in smoothies. All taste pleasant.

Yacon (very low GI sweetener)
Coconut sugar

These two sweeteners can be used anywhere you need agave, honey or maple syrup. You get the sweetening and the extra iron.

Flaxseeds; these could include flaxseed crackers, or grind and use in smoothies (I do this every time I make a smoothie). You can also add to raw muesli or granola.

Nori and other sea vegetable products; make raw sushi (or real). Use as wrap for salads, cut up and toss through salad.

There are so many ways you can increase your iron intake, you just have to know how. You don’t have to include everything at the same time – could be a little OTT (over-the-top) and more than your body can use at once.

If you’re trying to increase your iron count, please stay in touch with your doctor and don’t try to ‘go it alone.’ Iron deficiency can be a serious issue. The good news is that there are alternative options to the orthodox approach of meat, greens and iron supplements. I hope your doctor is supportive as you to try to make progress.

For our New Zealand readers, all these items are available at  For our international readers, I hope you don’t have trouble finding a local supplier. If you do, please let us know and we may be able to ship to you.

Till next time, enjoy tasty, good food, mostly raw.



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