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Do you need iron? Hear about dates?

How do you know you need iron? Some of the symptoms are fatigue, weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, dizziness, cravings such as dirt, ice or clay, tingling or crawling feeling in legs irregular heartbeat, brittle nails, headaches, or a swollen tongue. People who tend to become anemic are those women of child bearing age, those with poor diets, those who donate blood frequently, those who were prematurely born, and vegetarians who don't supplement with iron rich foods or meat replacements.

Sometimes medical conditions cans cause anemia due to internal bleeding or an ulcer or polyp. Pain relievers, such as aspirin, can cause bleeding in the stomach. If a person has an intestinal absorption problem, iron may not be absorbed properly.

So what can a person do about increasing iron in the diet? An amazing fruit with many benefits is the date. In the date there is fiber for digestion, potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. These minerals help keep the bones and blood healthy. They have fructose, sucrose, and glucose, which are all natural sugars necessary to keep energized. The potassium is a specific nutrient that aids the heart's function.

Dried dates can keep for a year in the refrigerator. Keep these for your daily energy boost and all around health. Pregnant mom's these are a great snack. Remember to take vitamin C foods along with iron for better absorption in the body.


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