Anemia occurs when a person’s hemoglobin level in the blood falls below normal.  One of the most common causes of anemia are a deficiency of iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid. Although there are other causes like
  • Lactation
  •  Excessive blood loss
  •  Worm infestation in the stomach and intestine.
  •  Smoking
  •  Aging
  •  High BMI
  • Inherited disorders like sickle cell anemia
  •  some medications
  •  Diseases such as arthritis, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease
 symptoms of anemia are: shortness of breath, fatigue, paleness, light-headedness, headaches, chest pain and frequent infections.
For any anemic patients it is vital to eat foods that are rich in iron.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are one of the vegetables that will also help you ward off anemia. They are rich in vitamin C and lycopene, which is a red plant-based pigment that is known for its ability to fight cancer cells.
  • Honey: Honey is rich in iron and you can use it as a substitute for sugar. It also contains many vitamins and minerals that are necessary for your health and body functioning.
  • Red meat: Red meat is rich in iron, especially beef, because it contains the most amount of the mineral. Red meat is also good for the skin and muscles.
  • Spinach: Half a cup of spinach contains 20% of your daily iron needs, and it can prevent or help you cure your anemia.
  •  Beans: One cup of beans (kidney, lima, soy, navy, etc.) contains 5 mg of iron.
  •  Peanuts: Peanuts contain iron, and regular consumption will help you prevent anemia.
  •  Dates: Dates are a good source of iron. One cup of dates contains around 5 mg of iron.
  • Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a great breakfast choice because it will energize you and help your body produce enough red blood cells. For best results, you can buy oatmeal that is fortified with iron and B vitamins.
  • Whole grain bread: One slice of whole grain bread can provide you with 6% of your daily iron needs. You can also incorporate other whole grain products in your diet, like whole grain cereals and pasta, brown rice, quinoa and amaranth.
  •  Eggs: Eggs contain iron and one egg a day will help you improve your iron levels.