Our expert says:
Caffeine and certain food components called phytates which occur in foods with a high fibre content and red wine, may affect iron absorption. It is thus a good idea to take the iron supplement before a meal on an empty stomach. Foods that contain vitamin C (citrus fruits, cabbage, etc) will assist with the uptake of iron. Red meat, liver, egg yolk, fish, legumes, iron-fortified bread, maize meal and breakfast cereals, and dried fruit are good sources of dietary iron. The iron in vegetables like spinach is actually not very available to humans because it is bound to chemicals that make it difficult to absorb.
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