Iron Disorders Institute:: Diet

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Achieving Iron Balance with Diet

If a person is iron deficient he or she will want to incorporate substances or foods that increase or improve iron absorption and avoid foods or substances that impair absorption. If a person has abnormally high body iron levels, he or she will want to consume foods or substances that lower the amount of iron absorbed.  People with complicated iron balance issues associated with sickle cell disease, thalassemia, blood diseases and cancers will need to work out an individual diet plan starting with the Diet for Iron Balance.

Substances that increase iron absorption:

Ascorbic acid or vitamin C occurs naturally in vegetables and fruits, especially citrus. Ascorbic acid can also be synthesized for use in supplements. Ascorbic acid enhances the absorption of nutrients such as iron.    In studies about effects of ascorbic acid on iron absorption, 100 milligrams of ascorbic acid increased iron absorption from

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