Are you suffering from iron deficit anemia in Dubai? Experts at MEDCARE shine light on how to correct it with a proper diet
11 October 2018| Last updated on 15 October 2018
Iron deficiency anemia is caused by a lack of iron in your body.
Living in Dubai, it’s easy to neglect your diet and take advantage of the round the clock available food service. But overlooking iron deficit anemia can cause serious problems along the way. An expert at Medcare offers advice and solutions to easily tackle anemia with the help of the right diet.
Having an unusual amounts of iron in the body means having an iron deficiency anemia which is a common type of anemia — a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's tissues.
As the name implies, iron deficiency anemia is due to insufficient iron. Without enough iron, your body can't produce enough of a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen (hemoglobin). As a result, iron deficiency anemia may leave you tired and short of breath.
You can usually correct iron deficiency anemia with iron supplementation, but we can eat many type of foods which are rich in iron like:
- Red meat and poultry
- Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach
- Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots
- Iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas
Also you can enhance your body's absorption of iron by drinking citrus juice or eating other foods rich in vitamin C at the same time that you eat high-iron foods.
Vitamin C in citrus juices, like orange juice, helps your body to better absorb dietary iron. Vitamin C is also found in:
- Leafy greens
Also we can enhance absorption of iron by eating foods rich in vitamin A or beta-carotone:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Winter Squash
- Leafy Greens (kale, spinach)
Authored by Dr. Heba Kashmoula
Specialist Family Physician
Medcare Medical Center, Sharjah