Our expert says:
Vegetarians who still drink milk and eat dairy foods (yoghurt and cheeses) and eggs, usually do not suffer from calcium and iron deficiencies. Legumes like lentils, dry, cooked peas, beans and soya also contain iron, as do wholegrains, iron-fortified breakfast cereals, maize meal and wheat bread (the latter 2 products are fortified with iron by government regulation). Dried fruit like raisins with pips (chew the pips) also contribute to iron intake. If you start developing symptoms of iron deficiency like extreme tiredness, constant yawning, breathlessness, inability to concentrate, dizziness and fainting spells, irritability - all caused by the fact that the blood is not able to transport as much oxygen to the tissues when a patient has iron-deficiency anaemia, then you can consider taking an iron-folic acid supplement like Ferro-Folate (buy at chemist). Using a specific supplement like this will prevent you having to take a multivitamin and mineral product which could overload you with micronutrients.
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