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plant based iron sources

Did you know there are two forms of iron? ⁠

1. Heme - mainly found in animal products.⁠

2. Non-heme - mainly plant sources.⁠

Iron is an important mineral that is needed for LOTs of functions in the body, including energy production. ⁠

If you are feeling tired more than usual it's worth considering whether you are eating enough iron-rich food, especially if you are a veggie or have a plant-focused diet. ⁠

plant based iron sources

Non-heme sources (plant sources) are also less well absorbed so we need to eat more of them, particularly if your levels are low.⁠

Great plant-based sources include⁠...

  • lentils⁠

  • legumes like kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans⁠

  • leafy greens - spinach, chard, beet greens

  • seeds like pumpkin & sesame seeds⁠

  • quinoa ⁠

TIP: To increase the absorption of non-heme iron try adding some vitamin C foods to them e.g. squeeze some lemon on your spinach, lemon to hummus etc.⁠

Also never take an iron supplement unless you've been told to do so by a GP or nutrition practitioner. You can have too much of a good thing :) ⁠.  

Michelle x


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