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बहुत सारे लोग चॉकलेट जो एक स्वादिष्ट खाद्य पदार्थ है, के सबसे दिलचस्प तथ्यों के बारे में कुछ नहीं जानते हैं. चॉकलेट छोटे-बड़े सबको पसंद है. कुछ लोग चॉकलेट को जंक फूड समझते हैं इसीलिए रोजाना चाकलेट खाने से बचते हैं. लेकिन चॉकलेट खाना बुरा नहीं है यदि आप इसका रोज सिमित मात्रा में सेवन करें. और आप यह जानकर हैरान होंगे कि आपके पसंदीदा कोकाआ का उपयोग 3000 से अधिक वर्षों से किया जा रहा है. चॉकलेट के तीन आवश्यक घटक कोकाआ, दूध और चीनी होते हैं और यह आपके स्वास्थ्य के लिए बहुत फायदेमंद हो सकता है. चॉकलेट के स्वास्थ्य लाभों में स्वस्थ हृदय के कार्य, मूड को अच्छा रखना, उचित मस्तिष्क और तंत्रिका के कार्य और तनाव से राहत आदि शामिल है. तो आइये जानें कि चॉकलेट के फायदे और नुकसान क्या-क्या हैं.
1. उच्च रक्त चाप के नियंत्रण में
कोकाआ में फ्लेवोनोइड पॉलीफेनोल होते हैं जैसे कटेचिंस, एपकेचिन और प्रोसीडिन, जो कि खून में नाइट्रिक ऑक्साइड स्तर को बढ़ाते हुए देखा जाता है, जो उचित रक्तचाप को बनाए रखने में मदद करता है. नाइट्रिक ऑक्साइड रक्त के घनत्व या जमावट को रोकने और द्रवत्व को बनाए रखने में विशेष रूप से उपयोगी है जिससे धमनियों और नसों पर दबाव कम होता है.
2. मूत्र वर्धक के रूप में
इसमें थियोब्रोमाइन नामक एक और यौगिक होता है जिसमें मूत्रवर्धक गुण होते हैं. यह पेशाब को बढ़ाने में मददगार होता है, जो उच्च रक्तचाप को कम करने में भी मदद करता है. कोकाआ में मौजूद पोटेशियम हाई ब्लड प्रेशर को कम करने में भी सहायक है. दूसरी तरफ, कम रक्तचाप से पीड़ित लोगों के मामले में, कैफीन और थियोब्रोमाइन जैसे उत्तेजक रक्तचाप को बढ़ाने में मदद करते हैं.
3. खांसी और ठंड के दौरान
इसमें मौजूद विटामिन सी, एल्किलॉइड और फ्लेवोनोइड खांसी और सर्दी से राहत देते हैं. फैटी एसिड जैसे कि स्टेरिकिक एसिड, पाल्मिक एसिड और ऑलीइक एसिड में लगातार खांसी और सर्दी के कारण हो रहे गले में दर्द से राहत मिलती है.
4. हृदय को रखे स्वस्थ
एपकेचिन और गैलिक एसिड जैसे फ्लेवोनोइड, हृदय को स्वस्थ रखने में बहुत प्रभावी होते हैं, विशेष रूप से उम्र और तनाव के खिलाफ. कोकाआ में पाए जाने वाले संतृप्त फैटी एसिड होने के बावजूद स्टैरिक एसिड, कोलेस्ट्रॉल के स्तर को नहीं बढ़ाता है और दिल के दौरे की संभावना भी कम कर सकता है. फ्लेवोनोइड के एंटीऑक्सीडेंट गुण भी मुक्त कणों द्वारा दिए गए नुकसान के खिलाफ दिल की रक्षा करते हैं.
5. तंत्रिका तंत्र के लिए
चॉकलेट में विटामिन सी और एंटीऑक्सिडेंट फ्लैनोनोइड होते हैं, जिनके मुख्य घटक पोलीफेनॉल्स होता है जैसे कटेचिंस, एपकेचिन और प्रोसीडिन जो मस्तिष्क और तंत्रिका तंत्र को उम्र के साथ सुस्त होने से रोकते हैं. साथ ही साथ मस्तिष्क और तंत्रिका तंत्र को मुक्त कणों द्वारा क्षति से बचाते हैं. ये मस्तिष्क में सेरोटोनिन के स्तर को भी बढ़ाते हैं जिससे मस्तिष्क की कार्यक्षमता बढ़ जाती है, इसे सक्रिय और तेज रखते हुए. ये तंत्रिका तंत्र विकारों के इलाज में भी सहायक होते हैं, जैसे अल्जाइमर रोग.
6. अवसाद रोकने में
कोकाआ में कैफीन होता है जो कि एल्कालोइड, थियोब्रोमाइन और फेनिलेथाइलमाइन सभी प्रकृति में उत्तेजक होते हैं. ये मूड को सुधारते और अवसाद को कम करने में बहुत प्रभावी होते हैं. कोकाआ में ट्रिप्टोफैन भी शामिल है जो तनाव को कम करने में बहुत ही प्रभावी पाया गया है.
7. मधुमेह के नियंत्रण में
कैफीन जैसे अल्कलॉइड की उपस्थिति के कारण डार्क और शुगर फ्री चॉकलेट शायद आपको टेस्ट में ज्यादा अच्छे न लगें. इन अल्कलॉइड्स की कड़वाहट खून में चीनी को बेअसर कर देती है. इसके अलावा, प्रकृति में उत्तेजक होने के कारण, ये पित्त और इंसुलिन के स्राव को प्रोत्साहित करते हैं, जो डायबिटीज़ के स्तर को कम करने में मदद करते हैं.
8. ऊर्जा के लिए
फैटी एसिड जैसे स्टैरिकिक एसिड और पाल्मिक एसिड (दोनों संतृप्त) और ओलिक एसिड (असंतृप्त) कोलेस्ट्रॉल जमा होने के जोखिम के बिना, वजन को कम करके ऊर्जा प्रदान करते हैं. जब कोको से चॉकलेट बनाया जाता है, तो कोलेस्ट्रॉल की मात्रा दूध के प्रकार और दूध उत्पादों पर निर्भर करती है. चॉकलेट में चीनी भी ऊर्जा और शरीर को आराम देता है.
9. कोलेस्ट्रॉल को कम करे
चॉकलेट का सेवन कम-घनत्व वाले लिपोप्रोटीन कोलेस्ट्रॉल के स्तर को कम करने में मदद कर सकता है, जिसे "खराब वसा" भी कहा जाता है. चॉकलेट का नियमित सेवन, कोलेस्ट्रॉल को कम करके और रक्तचाप में सुधार करके हृदय संबंधी स्वास्थ्य में मदद कर सकते हैं. फिनलैंड के शोधकर्ताओं ने पाया है कि चॉकलेट के सेवन से स्ट्रोक से पीड़ित होने का खतरा कम होता है.
10. कैंसर से बचाव में
कोकोआ कैंसर कोशिकाओं को बढ़ने से रोक सकता है. इसके अलावा, इसमें मौजूद एंटीऑक्सीडेंट गुण मुक्त कणों के कैसर को उत्पन्न करने वाले प्रभावों को बेअसर करने में भी मदद करते हैं. पॉलीफेनोल जैसे कैटेचिन, एपटेकिन, प्रोक्सीडिन और विटामिन सी कोको में मौजूद बहुत अच्छे एंटीऑक्सिडेंट होते हैं. ये मुक्त कणों के प्रभाव को कम करके खतरनाक सेलुलर बायोप्रोडक्ट्स के कारण हुए नुकसान को भरते हैं. ये एंटी एजिंग में भी प्रभावी होते हैं.
चॉकलेट के नुकसान
* चॉकलेट में चीनी की बड़ी मात्रा से दांत क्षय हो सकता है.
* चॉकलेट खराब अस्थि संरचना और ऑस्टियोपोरोसिस का कारण हो सकता है.
* चॉकलेट्स में मौजूद एल्कालोड्स सिरदर्द, माइग्रेन, न्यूरोटिक गड़बड़ी, एलर्जी और कब्ज पैदा कर सकता है. * अधिक मात्रा में सेवन करने पर इसमें मौजूद कैफीन अन्य दवाओं को बेअसर करता है.
* इसमें मौजूद कैफीन और अन्य अल्कलॉइड और अमाइन के कारण इसकी लत लग सकती है.
Hi, My first day of last period was 25 Dec 2015. But my periods are not always regular. Most of the times it comes after 2-3 days after the due date of last period. And my Pregnancy test report is positive. Today is 8th Feb 2016. Can I take pregnant Kit now. And if yes then please suggest me is it necessary to take both type of medicine (1 tablet of Mifepristone and 4 Tablet of Misoprostol) empty stomach. If I take Mifepristone tomorrow morning then should I take all 4 Misoprostol at a time. And how to take these medicine orally. Please suggest.
I am 35 years old. I am unmarried. Last few months my periods r delayed. Now 2 months away but my periods r nt come. Tell me wt is the reason & wt should I do.
Becoming pregnant is indeed the most special experience for any woman and should be enjoyed. However, at this point you’re not looking only after yourself but also an unborn baby. Hence complications that occur during pregnancy affect both the health of the mother and the baby if not addressed and treated in time.
Here are a few health conditions that are commonly experienced by pregnant women.
- Anemia: A drop in hemoglobin levels or red blood cells count is termed as anemia. In most cases, this is triggered by iron deficiency. You may also feel excessively tired, look pale and experience shortness of breath. Taking iron and folic acid supplements can stabilize iron levels and treat anemia.
- Gestational diabetes: Blood sugar levels often fluctuate during pregnancy. The body’s inability of processing sugars and starch is known as gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes can be diagnosed with a glucose screening test and an oral glucose tolerance test. If untreated, this can lead to a number of complications during delivery and preeclampsia. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular exercise can help stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent this condition.
- Depression: For some women, the joy of being pregnant can be overshadowed by extreme sadness. This could be a result of hormonal changes, stress or changes in the brain chemistry. Depression can harm both you and your baby by not motivating you to take care of yourself at this time. To deal with this, avoid alcohol and tobacco smoke both first hand and second hand. Build a support system and if need be consult a mental health professional as well.
- Preeclampsia: This is a condition that can begin around the 20th week of pregnancy. It causes blurred vision, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, dizziness, headaches and swelling of the hands. In some cases, it also causes seizures. Preeclampsia can result in premature delivery as well as trigger a number of other maternal and fetal risks. It can be managed with oral or intravenous medication but only delivery can cure the condition. A regular antenatal checkup should be done.
- Urinary tract infections: Fluctuation in hormone levels can lead to changes in the urinary tract thus, increasing the risk of catching a urinary tract infection. In addition to this, the growing baby in the uterus puts pressure on the bladder and does not allow the bladder to be completely emptied. This stagnant urine is another leading cause of urinary tract infections. Along with kidney infections, it can also cause premature delivery and low birth weight of the baby.
Here on women condemned senior citizens as impotent as they cannot do sex. Even if we argue that age limit is only for women as they have no lubrication after menopause and cannot satisfy men while doing sex. Is that woman right?
I am getting married soon. But me and my husband think we should avoid pregnancy for 1 year. Can you suggest us precautions for avoid pregnancy. Please do the needful.
June 14, is celebrated around the world as the World Blood Donor Day every year. The event, established in 2004, helps raise awareness about the need for safe blood and blood products like platelets. This day is observed to thank all the blood donors worldwide for their voluntary, life-saving gift of blood.
Why should you donate blood?
You may not know this but blood donation by just 1% of the population can meet a nation’s requirements for blood. Blood transfusion can save lives and improves health this is a fact that we all know and acknowledge, but many patients requiring transfusion do not get timely access to safe blood, resulting in preventable death.
You would not wish such a death on our near and dear ones, would you?
This is the reason why healthy, voluntary donors like you and us must donate blood regularly. Voluntary, unpaid blood donors are also the backbone of a country’s blood donor base as they are the safest group of donors with the lowest prevalence of blood borne infections like hepatitis and HIV. Low risk populations are people who do not indulge in high-risk activities like unprotected sex, drug use etc. The World Health Organization’s goal is for all countries to obtain their entire blood supplies through voluntary unpaid donors.
Blood transfusion is needed for:
- Women with complications during pregnancy, like ectopic pregnancies, also called high-risk pregnancies, and hemorrhage before, during or after childbirth
- Anaemic children due to malaria or malnutrition
- People with severe trauma due to accidents and natural disasters
- Complex medical and surgical procedures like for cancer
- Regular blood transfusions for people with conditions such as thalassaemia and sickle cell anemia, a disease where the blood can’t transmit enough oxygen to body cells.
- To make products such as clotting factors for people with haemophilia
- Fresh blood is needed all the time because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use.
Hence, regular blood donations by an optimum number of blood donors who are healthy are required to ensure that safe blood is available whenever and wherever it is needed.
- Indeed, blood is the most precious gift that you can give to another person. It’s a gift of life.
- Your decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several lives. This can happen if your blood is separated into its components like red blood cells, platelets and plasma. These can be used individually for patients with specific conditions like platelets can be used for treating dengue because this viral infection can damage one’s blood platelets.
Need another reason to donate blood?
Well, you can get a number of health benefits when you donate blood. You will receive a mini physical at the time of blood donation to check your:
• Haemoglobin levels
• Blood pressure
• Body temperature
And contrary to belief, your body replaces the blood lost at the time of a donation effortlessly and without any harm to your system. So donate blood regularly and save lives.
Brussels sprouts are a viable source of antioxidants, vitamins, folate, and fiber. Plus, they’re an excellent source of iron, and an obvious choice in helping to prevent fatigue and other symptoms of iron deficiency.
Serving Size (1/2 cup), 0.9 milligrams of iron (5% DV)
Raisins are nutrient-dense treats that contain large amounts of iron. It’s easy to add a handful of these subtly sweet treats to your cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, or salads as part of a balanced diet. To get the most out of your next handful of raisins, combine them with other healthy foods containing vitamin C. This will make it easier for your body to absorb the iron found in raisins.
Serving Size (1/2 cup, packed), 1.6 milligrams of iron (9% DV), 247 calories
These colorful legumes are packed with vitamins and nutrients including iron, protein, and essential amino acids. Plus, they’re easy to cook and make a great companion to many meals. Lentils are traditionally used in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes, but they can spice up your soups, stews, pastas, and more.
Serving Size (1 cup, boiled), 6.6 milligrams of iron (37% DV), 230 calories
If you’re trying to get more iron in your diet, opt for dried fruit as opposed to fresh. Dried fruits pack more nutrients, including iron, per serving. Dried peaches make a great breakfast companion, a delicious addition to salads, and an easy snack throughout your busy day. A serving of dried peaches contains about 9% of your daily recommended iron, without weighing you down with lots of sugar and calories.
Serving Size (1/4 cup), 1.6 milligrams of iron (9% DV), 96 calories
A handful of pumpkin seeds, or an ounce, contains about one milligram of iron. That’s about 5% of the recommended daily value. Pumpkin seeds provide the most benefit when eaten raw, but they still pack an iron punch when roasted for no more than 15-20 minutes.
Serving Size (1 ounce, about a handful), 0.9 milligrams of iron (5% DV), 126 calories.
Soybeans are another super food that packs protein, unsaturated fat (the “good fat”), fiber, and minerals such as iron. A single cup of mature, boiled soybeans contains nearly half the recommended amount of iron your body needs daily. Another great thing about soybeans is their versatility. Season these nutritional powerhouses to your liking, or add them to soups or chili for a healthy and delicious meal.
Serving Size (1 cup, boiled), 8.8 milligrams of iron (49% DV), 298 calories
Pinto beans contain a splash of color and a spattering of essential vitamins and minerals. Among them is iron, and it comes in no small quantity; just a cup of boiled pinto beans yields about 21% of the recommended daily value. Pair these colorful legumes with whole wheat rice for a virtually fat-free meal that’s as easy on your wallet as it is on your waistline. Or, enjoy them with your favorite veggies to introduce even more iron into your diet.
Serving Size (1 cup, boiled), 3.6 milligrams of iron (21% DV), 245 calories
Dark greens such as arugula have countless health benefits with a tiny calorie count. Vegetarians should consume plenty arugula, particularly for its rich iron content. Adding several servings to your diet each week can greatly improve the health of your red blood cells. The easiest way to enjoy arugula is in a green leafy salad, but you can also enjoy it in soups, as a pizza topping, and sautéed with pasta and other dishes.
Serving Size (1/2 cup), 0.146 milligrams of iron (1.8% DV), 3 calories
9.Whole Wheat Pasta
Vegetarians should enjoy whole wheat pasta as part of a healthy balanced diet. Eating pasta is a great way to curb your cravings for carbs while getting essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. While white pasta contains these minerals as well, it can also weigh you down with extra carbs and calories, so choose the much healthier whole wheat pasta options.
Serving Size (1/4 cup dry), 0.4 milligrams of iron (2% DV), 44 calories
With staggering amounts of calcium, high levels of vitamin A, and several cancer-fighting elements, what’s not to love about collard greens? Vegetarians have another reason to love these dark green veggies, because they’re also high in both iron and vitamin C. To get the most out of these essential nutrients, use raw collard greens in a salad that’s filled with other iron-rich vegetables. The vitamin C in collard greens makes it easy for your body to absorb iron from other sources.
Serving Size (1 cup), 2.2 milligrams of iron (12% DV), 11 calories
11.Sesame Butter (Tahini)
Sesame butter, also known as tahini and often associated with hummus, can provide the body with a tremendous amount of iron. If you’re already eating plenty of iron-rich fruits and vegetables, tahini can be an excellent addition that will help you reach your daily iron needs. Many people eat tahini as is, but you can also use it to add some flavor to your favorite vegetables or to dress up a salad.
Serving Size (1 tablespoon), 0.4 milligrams of iron (2% DV), 86 calories
With dried thyme at your disposal, cooking and eating your favorite vegetables will never get old. Thyme offers a unique lemon-pepper flavor that works well in many dishes. It also offers plenty of essential iron. In fact, dried thyme is one of the most iron-rich herbs you can find. And with so few calories, it makes a healthy, savory addition to your meals.
Serving Size (1 teaspoon), 1.2 milligrams of iron (7% DV), 3 calories
Beans are good all around; they’re easy on your health and your budget. Black beans, in particular, are loaded with fiber, protein, and iron. That means they satisfy hunger while providing an energy boost that lasts for hours. Vegetarians who are concerned about getting enough iron need only add a one-cup serving of black beans to get about 20% of their daily recommended intake.
Serving Size (1 cup, boiled), 3.6 milligrams of iron (20% DV), 277 calories
Brown rice is one of the most versatile foods on Earth. It’s a staple in several cultures’ cuisines, and it’s widely regarded as an important health food. It’s naturally rich in fiber, it helps rid the body of toxins, and its high iron content also helps fight anemia and fatigue. Cook a serving of brown rice along with your favorite beans or veggies for an iron-rich meal that will keep you feeling full for hours.
Serving Size (1 cup), 0.8 milligrams of iron (5% DV), 216 calories
There’s a bit of a stigma when it comes to prune juice, but learning about its bounds of health benefits might help make it more appealing. Give it a chance and you might find that prune juice is not only delicious, but it’s also a potent source of iron. Its high vitamin C content makes it easier for your body to absorb the iron, so have a glass with your next meal to get the most out of the other iron-rich foods in your diet.
Serving Size (1 cup), 3 milligrams of iron (17% DV), 182 calories
Iron deficiency can be greatly reduced by adding oatmeal to your diet. Just a half-cup serving is packed with almost two milligrams of iron. And with loads of other nutrients, oatmeal is a fantastic health food that everyone should be eating more of. It’s an easy and healthy breakfast food, but you can also use oats to make granola, cookies, and other sweet treats that are both delicious and nutritious.
Serving Size (1/2 cup), 1.7 milligrams of iron (8% DV), 154 calories
Apricots are an excellent source of iron and other nutrients. They can be consumed raw, canned, cooked, and dried, but dried apricots provide your body with the most benefits and the largest amount of iron. When apricots are dried, they lose their high water and sugar contents without losing their highly nutritious qualities. Just a handful of dried apricots can provide you with up to 35% of your daily iron intake. They make for an easy snack throughout the day, or chop them up to serve with other fruits or over a salad.
Serving Size (1/2 cup), 2 milligrams of iron (8% DV), 78 calories.
Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods out there, and they’re also one of the best iron-rich food options for vegetarians. Since potatoes are also packed with vitamin C, it’s easier for your body to absorb the iron it needs. Potatoes work equally well as a side dish and a main attraction, so combine them with other iron-rich foods for a healthy meal any time of the day.
Serving Size (1 medium potato with skin),3.2 milligrams of iron (18% DV), 278 calories
Tofu is highly nutritious and rich in iron and other essential minerals. Though most people know about the health benefits, many aren’t sure how to prepare tofu, or they’re unimpressed with its bland taste. Fortunately, tofu has a wonderful ability to take on the flavors of the sauces and seasonings it’s prepared with, so learning to love it is as easy as choosing your favorite ingredients and going from there.
Serving Size (1/2 cup), 3.4 milligrams of iron (19% DV), 88 calories
20.Sun Dried Tomatoes
Besides their mouth-watering taste, one of the best things about sun dried tomatoes is their high iron content. One cup contains nearly 30 percent of your recommended daily iron intake. Another great thing is that you can use them in so many ways. Sun dried tomatoes make a tasty addition to omelets, pasta sauce, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and so much more. They’re also high in healthy lycopene, antioxidants, and vitamin C, so add them to your diet for a health boost all around.
Serving Size (1 cup), 4.9 milligrams of iron (27% DV), 139 calories
If you ever get tired of eating fruits and vegetables as your main source of iron, switch it up by adding blackstrap molasses to your meals and even your beverages. Just a teaspoon of tasty molasses added to your toast, cereal, sandwiches, milk, or water contributes about 5% to your daily iron quota.
Serving Size (1 tablespoon), 0.9 milligrams of iron (5% DV), 58 calories
Lima beans are one of the most ancient cultivated crops, and they’re still renowned as a delicious and healthful food to this day. Enjoy just a cup of lima beans with your favorite meal you’ll get an incredible 25% of your iron for the day. Lima beans should never be consumed raw, but cooked lima beans have a unique flavor that can be enjoyed as is or enhanced with your favorite herbs and spices.
Serving Size (1 cup, cooked), 4.5 milligrams of iron
23.Whole Wheat Pasta
When buying bread, opt for unprocessed whole wheat over refined white bread. Whole wheat bread is a great source of fiber, B vitamins, protein, and iron. And unlike white bread, it manages hunger for longer while keeping your blood sugar in check. If you’re worried about getting enough iron, but endless supplies of iron-rich veggies leave your appetite unsatisfied, a slice of 100% whole wheat bread will help you feel fuller for longer, while providing an energy boost that lasts for hours.
Serving Size (1 slice), 0.7 milligrams of iron (4% DV), 69 calories
Like other legumes, black-eyed peas are a rich source of iron. A serving size of one single cup can supply up to a quarter of your recommended daily iron intake, while providing you with other health benefits as well. They also contain a respectable amount of vitamin C—enough to make it much easier for your body to absorb the essential iron.
Serving Size (1 cup, boiled), 4.3 milligrams of iron (24% DV), 220 calories
Though many vegetables contain lots of iron, many also are packed with iron inhibitors, which means your body is unable to absorb much of the iron. Fortunately, cruciferous veggies like broccoli are also filled with vitamin C. This plays a huge role in helping your body absorb and digest the essential iron. Eating a serving of broccoli every day is a great way to get more iron into your diet.
Serving Size (1/2 cup), 0.3 milligrams of iron (2% DV), 15 calories
If you need more iron in your diet but can’t afford a jump in calories, kale is a fat-free super food that will provide your body with a mountain of nutrients and only a handful of calories. One of the cruciferous vegetables (in the same grain as broccoli, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts), kale helps fight anemia and fatigue with a high iron content. If you have trouble eating it raw, try sautéing it, throwing it in your soup or on a burger, or making delicious kale chips in your oven or food dehydrator.
Serving Size (1 cup), 1.1 milligrams of iron (6% DV), 1.3 calories
By now, most people know that dark chocolate is good for your heart (in moderation). But did you also know that it’s loaded with iron? A 100 gram serving size contains about 35% of your recommended daily intake. Of course, this sweet treat should be eaten in moderation, but it can certainly be enjoyed as part of a balanced, iron-rich diet.
Serving Size (100 grams), 6.3 milligrams of iron (35% DV), 578 calories
Sunflower seeds are known for their impressive supply of vitamin E, but they also pack plenty of essential minerals, especially iron. A one cup serving supplies nearly half your body’s daily iron needs, so if you’re not enjoying this easy and tasty snack regularly, now is a great time to start. Sunflower seeds can be found at your local grocery store year round.
Serving Size (1 cup), 7.4 milligrams of iron (41% DV), 269 calories
Fresh and cooked peas have a slightly sweeter taste than many other vegetables. And like other green veggies, they’re rich in iron and other nutrients. It’s easy to incorporate these tender veggies into your favorite meals, and a mere half-cup serving provides about 7% of the daily recommended value of iron. Cook a serving as a standalone side dish, or incorporate peas into your salad, soup, and pasta dishes.
Serving Size (1/2 cup), 1.2 milligrams of iron (7% DV), 62 calories
Eating fresh strawberries is a great way to ramp up your daily iron intake. Not only are strawberries a viable source of iron (a pint constitutes roughly 9% of the daily recommended value), but the high vitamin C content helps your body absorb more of the iron it needs. Strawberries make an excellent side to any breakfast dish, they’re great in an afternoon smoothie, and you can also serve them as a sweet after-dinner treat.
Serving Size (1 pint), 1.5 milligrams of iron (9% DV), 114 calories
Boasting a long list of vitamins and nutrients, spinach consistently ranks at the top of the “super food” lists. Among other myriad nutrients, cooked spinach is an excellent source of iron. And since this leafy green is also loaded with vitamin C, your body will have no trouble absorbing all that iron. Spinach can be eaten raw, but cooking it first will provide greater amounts of iron, among other benefits.
Serving Size (1 cup), 6.4 milligrams of iron (36% DV), 41 calories.