Dietary changes along with supplementation are of utmost importance for the anemic person to help improve red blood cell formation. Treatment and Food.
If you have iron-deficiency anemia then plan your meals so that you get plenty of iron. Rich sources include beef and chicken liver; however, these should only be consumed if organic. Cooked beef, sardines, and turkey also contain high amounts of iron. Other good options include cooked beans, tofu, spinach, sesame seeds, squash seeds, leeks, cashews, cherries, strawberries, dried fruits, figs, kelp, and eggs.
Blackstrap molasses is rich in iron, so take a spoonful of it every day. Black-strap molasses can usually be found next to the pancake syrup at your grocery store. Make sure to read the label carefully, as you don’t want molasses that’s been sulfured.
Brewer’s yeast is a good source of iron, folic acid, and B12, so add 1 tablespoon to cereals, salads, or juices daily.
Vitamin C will help your body absorb and retain iron. When you’re eating foods that are high in iron, have some citrus fruits alongside them or take supplemental vitamin C.
Cook your food in cast-iron pots and pans. The food will absorb some of the mineral from the cookware. This strategy is especially helpful for vegetarians, who may have difficulty meeting iron requirements.
Also note that protein deficiency contributes to anemia since it is required for the formation of hemoglobin, the oxygen-containing component of red blood cells.
If you have a digestive disorder that prevents you from absorbing food properly, juice the vegetables that are suggested here and drink several glasses daily. Juices don’t require as much digestive work from the stomach and the intestines, and their nutrients are easily passed into the bloodstream.
Food to Avoid
Sodas, dairy products, coffee, and black tea are iron blockers. Eliminate them from your diet.
Iron is removed from your body through the bowels, so take fiber supplements separately from iron sources.
Avoid cow’s milk, which may cause hidden bleeding in the intestinal tract. This is particularly true with children.
Many young women—and, increasingly, men—become anemic as a result of following fad diets. If you truly need to lose weight, don’t starve yourself; instead, restrict your consumption of fats and sugars, while eating lots of foods with high nutritional density, such as vegetables, fruits, soy products, and whole grains. For further weight loss suggestions, see Obesity.