Lifestyle & Management
Some types of anemia can be managed with a healthy, balanced diet rich in iron, vitamin B12, folate, and vitamin C, which helps your body absorb iron. Because meat is a main source of some of these nutrients, strict vegetarians should have periodic blood tests and discuss the need for supplements with their healthcare provider.
- Iron is found in red meat, poultry, and some fish (such as salmon, tuna, shrimp). Other iron-rich foods include beans, lentils, dark green leafy vegetables, dried fruit, nuts, soy, and iron-fortified cereals and breads.
- Folate is found in fortified cereals, meat, spinach, beans, citrus fruits and juices, cantaloupe, papaya, and bananas.
- Vitamin B12 is most plentiful in meat, fish, and dairy products, as well as fortified cereals.
- Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, melons and berries, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale.
Last Updated July 2020