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The Importance of Iron in Your Senior Loved One’s Healthy Diet

By Vicki and Brian Day

Senior Care in Bangor PA

Iron is an essential nutrient for people of all ages, but it is especially important for older adults. A deficiency in iron can lead to anemia, or a condition in which the blood does not red blood cells (hemoglobin). Anemia can cause tiredness, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and even restless leg syndrome. Iron deficiencies are very common among adults, but they can lead to health problems which can have a negative effect on your senior loved one’s quality of life. For this reason, it is very important for your senior loved one to get plenty of iron in their diet. Many people think of red meats as a great source of iron and this is true, however there are many other plant source of iron, as well. If your senior loved one’s doctor recommends that they limit their red meat intake due to other medical conditions, then it is important for you to be familiar with some of the other, healthier sources of iron. Read on for a list of some very healthy foods that can help your loved one to avoid an iron deficiency and anemia.

Spinach

This leafy green is a great source of iron as well as many other essential nutrients such as calcium and magnesium. Spinach is a very healthy food that is low in calories and has many health benefits. It is a great idea to include spinach in your senior loved one’s weekly meal plan each week. Luckily, spinach is also very versatile so there are many ways to prepare it to keep meals interesting and unique. Try sautéing it as a side dish, making a spinach salad, or stirring it into a hearty vegetable soup.

Soybeans

Soybeans, also known as edamame, go great with Asian style dishes such as sushi or stir fry. Not only are they tasty, they are one of the best plant sources of iron. One serving of soybeans can provide your loved one with nearly half (49%) of their daily recommended intake of iron. Iron can also be found in foods made with soy such as soy milk or tofu, but the whole version of the food is always best.

Lentils

Like spinach, lentils are a very nutritious and nutrient dense. They are a great food to serve on a regular basis because they are rich in fiber as well as many other nutrients that are essential for seniors, including iron.

Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=70

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