Iron is an important element to life and health. There are two types of human iron sources: heme and non-heme. Heme iron is the kind from meat sources and is easier for the body to absorb. Some good sources include chicken liver, red meat, oysters, clams, turkey, etc. Non-heme sources are plant-based and slightly less easy to absorb but can be bolstered by dietary choices. Some good sources of non-heme iron include spinach, cereal, soy beans, lima beans, and tofu. Vitamin C and meat protein will help you to absorb non-heme iron better. But tannins (like in coffee and tea) and calcium can inhibit your consumption.
Iron is absorbed into our body through eating certain foods. The iron is transported from our gut to our blood stream. Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen in the blood. It provides us with energy and stamina. Women lose a lot of iron during menstruation, therefore, it is necessary to replace it through proper foods. Meat, fish, and blackstrap molasses are good sources of iron.
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