It’s now widely accepted that eating a predominantly plant-based diet is the key to health and longevity, proven to help reduce risk of obesity, heart disease and cancer.
But eating an exclusively vegetarian or vegan diet has one big challenge. Even though healthy veggies are stacked with natural iron, you are much more likely to lack this essential mineral if you don’t eat meat.
This is because there are two forms of iron: haem and non-haem. Haem iron – typically found in meat and fish – is much more readily absorbed by the body. Plants, eggs and wholegrains contain non-haem iron which is much harder for your body to metabolize.
If your iron levels are low, you may feel exhausted, constantly run down, headachy and at the mercy of those 4pm energy slumps that have you reaching for the chocolate.
How to get more iron without meat
• Pack your diet with foods richest in natural iron such as lentils, beans, chickpeas, quinoa, tofu, dark green leafy vegetables and dried fruits.
• At the same time, eat foods containing Vitamin C which can help increase absorption. Think citrus fruits, berries, peppers, tomatoes.
• Consider adding an iron supplement. Blueiron is a smart, all-in-one supplement that helps you lead a full and healthy life. Just two teaspoons a day delivers your RDA of iron with added antioxidants and vitamins for fantastic hair, skin and nails.