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Posted by: Hansford | 2011/04/11

Diet for anaemic case

What would be the recommended diet for someone who is anaemic?

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Dear Handsford
I presume you are asking about iron-deficiency anaemia? Because there are 2 main types of anaemia, iron-deficiency anaemia and so-called megaloblastic anaemia, which is caused by a deficiency of vitamin B12. Patients suffering from iron-deficiency anaemia are usually given iron and folic acid supplements by the dr. Foods that are rich in easily absorbable iron, are liver, red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, iron-fortified breakfast cereals, fortified maize meal and wheat flour/bread and dried fruit such as raisins which still contain their pips (chew the pips). Having a glass of orange juice with an iron-fortified breakfast cereal will improve the absorption of iron. The animal products listed above are also good sources of vit B12 in case you are referring to vit B12-deficiency anaemia.
It can take 3 months or longer for depleted iron stores in the body to be replenished, so please take your iron supplement as prescribed by the dr and try to eat the listed foods.
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DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/04/11

Dear Handsford
I presume you are asking about iron-deficiency anaemia? Because there are 2 main types of anaemia, iron-deficiency anaemia and so-called megaloblastic anaemia, which is caused by a deficiency of vitamin B12. Patients suffering from iron-deficiency anaemia are usually given iron and folic acid supplements by the dr. Foods that are rich in easily absorbable iron, are liver, red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, iron-fortified breakfast cereals, fortified maize meal and wheat flour/bread and dried fruit such as raisins which still contain their pips (chew the pips). Having a glass of orange juice with an iron-fortified breakfast cereal will improve the absorption of iron. The animal products listed above are also good sources of vit B12 in case you are referring to vit B12-deficiency anaemia.
It can take 3 months or longer for depleted iron stores in the body to be replenished, so please take your iron supplement as prescribed by the dr and try to eat the listed foods.
Best regards
DietDoc

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