Avocados for Iron Deficiency?

Avocados for Iron Deficiency

Eat at least 3 avocados per week for a minimum of 2 weeks, to address your iron imbalance.

Iron deficiency anemia, for which the most common symptoms are tiredness, lack of energy, and pale skin and finger nails, occurs when there is a reduced number of red blood cells because the body does not have enough iron to produce them.

If a ferritin blood test indicates that your body has low levels of stored iron, your doctor may recommend iron supplements to be taken over a number of months. Since iron supplements can have side-effects such as feeling sick, and too much iron in the body can be harmful, many people prefer to achieve a better iron balance naturally. Obviously, as with all conditions, you should ensure that you eat a fresh, high quality, well balanced diet that gives you the nutrients your body needs, and cut down on alcohol, tea and coffee which can impair iron absorption.

A recent experience of treating iron deficiency indicates that an extremely helpful boost to the armory of things you can do is to eat avocados. This knowledge was imparted most recently to a lady who visited a practice in Switzerland because she was suffering severe vomiting episodes as a result of taking iron supplementation which her doctor had prescribed. The recommendation was to stop the tablets immediately, and to consume at least 3 avocados per week (preferably more) for a period of 2 weeks. Her doctor, who confirmed that she still showed evidence of the iron deficiency, laughed at this advice, but said that at least it wouldn’t do her any harm. After two weeks of following my advice, my patient returned to her doctor who confirmed that her iron and ferritin levels were normal.

Avocados, which contain high levels of Omega 3 and Vitamin E are known to be tremendously beneficial to health and have been shown to assist in cancer protection, heart health, stroke prevention etc. However, they do not appear in lists of ‘foods rich in iron’, although they do contain modest amounts. What studies including those at the renowned Dr Rath Research Institute in California have found, is that specific nutrients in avocados provide a dramatic increase in the absorption of iron which is ingested through normal diet, and that the vitamin B6 contained also works on the production of blood cells.

Avocados really do pack a punch! They are also highly versatile and can be enjoyed either on their own or used in a variety of recipes for meals and drinks or juices.

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