Increase your Blood Count with these foods
If you’re looking for great foods to increase your blood count here are a few suggestions. Foods with a great source of iron are animal foods such as beef. Darker meat tends to have a better source of protein than white meat.
Other great sources of iron other than meat to increase the blood count:
- Vegetables– For example: broccoli, spinach, collards, lima beans, green peas, kidney and black beans.
- Fruit– raisins, prunes, dried figs and apricots
- Breads, Pasta, Cereals– wholegrain bread, pastas, cereals, check the labels to see that it contain 20% or more of the daily value for iron.
- Seeds/Nuts– All seeds and nuts have some iron
- Cook with cast-iron pots and pans. Food will absorb iron from the pot. This works well with acidic foods, such as tomato sauce.
- Foods and drinks that are high in vitamin C help your body get more iron from the food you eat. Orange juice (without calcium) is a good drink to help your body get more iron from food or from iron supplements.
- Foods that are high in calcium make it harder for your body to absorb iron. Do not take an iron supplement or eat iron-rich foods with milk or other calcium-rich foods.
- Coffee, tea, and soda make it harder for your body to absorb iron. Do not take an iron supplement or eat iron-rich foods with coffee, tea, or soda.
- High-fiber cereals make it harder for your body to absorb iron. Do not take your iron supplement at the same time you eat high-fiber cereals.
- Calcium supplements make it harder for your body to absorb iron. Do not take an iron supplement or eat iron-rich foods at the same time you take calcium supplements.
- Remember, it is OK to include milk and other calcium-rich foods in your diet. Just be sure to eat them at different times than you eat iron-rich foods or take an iron supplement.
- If iron supplements upset your stomach or cause constipation, try taking a slow-release form of iron. Look for an iron supplement that is labeled “Slow Fe” or “Slow Iron.” These may cause less stomach upset than regular iron supplements.
Good Iron Supplements
Good iron supplements contain ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate, ferrous ascorbate, or ferric ammonium citrate. Check the label and pick a supplement that contains one of these types of iron.