Sources of iron:

  • Egg yolks
  • Molasses, liver and beef
  • Raisin bran, Raisins, Prunes, Dried apricots, Figs
  • Kidney beans, Pinto beans, Navy beans, Lentils, Split green peas
  • Enriched cereals, Enriched macaroni, rice bran
  • Spinach, Greens, Broccoli, Lima beans, Avocado

The following foods can help your body absorb iron better:

  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts

Foods to Reduce or Eliminate:

Cow’s milk may cause anemia by interfering with iron absorption, so it may be beneficial not to consume dairy at the same time as iron-rich foods or supplements. Eliminate trans and hydrogenated fats, alcohol, processed foods, refined foods and sugar. These substances may interfere with iron absorption.