Anaemia is global health issue affecting people both in developing and developed countries. The global prevalence of this disease is about 25% with children; women are the most affected groups. Iron deficiency is one of the major reasons of this problem which results from inadequate dietary intake, malabsorption or an increased iron demand during rapid growth in children and chronic blood loss.
As I have talked about women suffering from monthly menstrual problem in my previous post, iron deficiency anaemia is found to be major reason for these problems which is sometimes even confused with PMS (Pre Menstrual Syndrome); however, anaemia worsen PMS and even PCOS(Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). The most common symptoms of anaemia include fatigue, decreased energy, weakness, light-headedness, palpitations and pale appearance. Apart from physical health, it also affects mental health, mood swings and even leads to depression.
To combat the problem, oral supplements of ferrous sulphate are given but it is seen that people either have constipation or diarrhoea as a major side effect. So, it’s better to include it from the dietary sources. Flesh contains haem iron which has better absorption and bioavailability as compared to plant based food. Here, I am sharing a list of iron rich food.
Tip: To increase the absorption of iron, add vitamin C rich foods like citrus fruit, strawberries, and tomatoes.
This is one issue associated with anaemia; in second part I will throw more light on other factor that lead to anaemia.
For any queries, feel free to write in comment section.