According to the NHS a lack of iron can lead to iron deficiency anaemia. All of the cells in our bodies use iron to function. However, the most iron in our bodies is used by our red blood cells. These cells transport oxygen from your lungs across your body. It helps to support a healthy immune system.
Iron which comes from plant-based sources isn’t absorbed as easily as animal-based protein, but the body uses it nonetheless. Vitamin C and iron absorption are heavily linked, so plant-based protein is best accompanied by food high in Vitamin C.
The NHS Department of Health and Social Care advise that most of us should be able to get what iron our body needs by consuming a varied and balanced diet. If you’re reaching for supplements, be sure to seek proper advice on what to choose.
Spinach, liver (and other organ meats), legumes, red meat, quinoa, broccoli, tofu, fish, dark chocolate, seaweed, oat and wheat bran and dried fruit.