Iron deficiency more common in women than men can be the cause of poor immunity, weakness, hairfall, delayed periods among other health conditions. Because of low iron, our red blood cells may not be able to produce hemoglobin properly and not carry enough oxygen to the cells in our body. The requirement of iron for pregnant women is even more. It is important to include iron-rich diet in our food to avoid its deficiency. Ayurveda expert suggests 5 foods for boosting your iron levels naturally.
1. Sesame seeds (black til): Sesame seeds are loaded with iron, copper, zinc, selenium and vitamin B6, E and folate. Take about 1 tablespoon of black sesame seeds, dry roast, blend with a teaspoon of honey and ghee and roll into a ball. Have this nutritious ladoo regularly to boost your iron levels.
2. Dates and raisins: Consume this amazing dry fruit combination every day as it comes with the richness of iron, magnesium, copper, and vitamin A and C. You can have 2-3 dates and a tablespoon of raisins as a snack or with your breakfast to get instant energy and a boost in iron levels.(Unsplash)
3. Beetroot and carrot: Both these veggies have very high levels of iron. In a blender add about one cup of boiled beetroots and carrots, blend well and strain the juice. Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice and have this amazing juice regularly in the morning. Lemon juice adds to the vitamin C content and enhances the absorption of iron.
4. Wheat grass: It provides an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin K, folic acid, calcium, iron, protein, and fiber, vitamin C, many of the B vitamins, and contains a variety of blood-building factors. 1 tsp (3-5 gm) of wheat grass daily first thing in the morning could improve your hemoglobin and protect your immune system.(Unsplash).
5. Moringa leaves: Moringa leaves are a powerhouse of of iron, vitamins A, C and magnesium. 1 tsp moringa leaf powder every morning on empty stomach could do wonders for your iron levels. It is however best to consult a health expert or doctor before consuming any of the herbs.(Pixabay)