How much iron does one cup of apricots provide?
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The Answer: 7.5g
According to the website HealthAliciousNess.com, dried apricots contain 7.5g of iron for about one
Symptoms of iron deficiency:
- Fatigue for more than a month
- Always cold
- Dull skin
- Inability to focus
- Hair loss and brittle nails
Experiencing one or more of the above symptoms could be connected to an iron deficiency. There are two different tests available to check iron levels. Most iron tests look at how much iron is circulating in the blood but this test may not be able to detect many iron deficiencies. It's possible to have iron circulating in the blood and deficient in iron stores.
An iron test that looks at ferritin levels which determines the amount of iron stored in the body. Iron stores
Here are some more foods and techniques that can increase iron intake:
- Pair Vitamin C-rich foods with iron-rich foods: spinach and red peppers, lemon with seafood, broccoli and tomatoes
- Cook with an iron skillet
- Clams – 28mg per serving
- Liver – 10-15mg per serving depending on animal source
- Pumpkin seeds – 20.7mg per cup
One key to keep in mind when it comes to iron is that coffee and tea can inhibit iron absorption. Tannins in both coffee and tea can reduce the body's ability to absorb iron. Separate your morning cuppa by one to two hour from eating iron-rich foods.
Read more about the human energy crisis and iron's role in it from the 10/19/12 episode of Dr. Oz.
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