You’ve heard it a million times, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but ever-wondered why that is such a popular health quote? It’s not the apple but the rich iron content in the apple!
It’s because low iron also means low hemoglobin. Hemoglobin in present in the red blood cells and is responsible for circulation of blood, the lack of which can lead to several health issues especially anemia. India tops the list of nations with most anemic women and children but most people don’t know if they have anemia / low hemoglobin.
The symptoms include Extreme fatigue and weakness, Pale skin, Headache, dizziness or lightheadedness and unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch. Therefore an iron rich diet serves many purposes.
4 reasons why Iron is good for you:
Improve immune system – Lack of iron can cause you to be easily tired, short of breath, headache and easily irritated. All this is caused due to a reduced flow of oxygen to the tissues and muscles with the blood, thereby making it easy for you to fall sick.
Energy boost – Iron acts as a carrier of oxygen in the body and transfers it to the muscles and the brain, thereby giving you an energy boost for physical activities, improving mental alertness and brain development in children.
Improve hair & skin– Studies have reported that low iron can increase the rate of hair fall. Therefore an iron rich diet helps to reduce hair fall, improves the quality and texture of hair by increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the hair roots.
Healthy pregnancy– Pregnancy increases your likelihood of anemia as the heart works harder in order to provide adequate nourishment to the growing baby, therefore doctors recommend pregnant women to increase their intake of iron from food sources or supplements. To provide more blood to the growing fetus iron rich foods are recommended. This helps both the mother and baby by improving their immunity, muscle and bone health and increasing the mother’s energy levels.
Although your body absorbs more iron from meat and poultry, there are various plant based option to gain rich iron such as spinach, peas, nuts and whole wheat. However an easy alternative is any of sattuvita’s ready to mix drinks or soups as a natural vegetarian source of rich Iron. The base of all products is a unique combination of wheat, Bengal gram and white peas; this sattu combination is a natural source of rich iron. Sattuvita soup or drink can give you up to 30-70% Iron as per you daily Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) and is one of the most convenient ways to add rich iron rich foods to your diet.
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