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Health Tip: Get Enough Iron

And help prevent anemia

(HealthDay News) -- Your body needs dietary iron to produce hemoglobin, which allows healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body's tissues.

Too few healthy red blood cells causes a condition called anemia, and lack of dietary iron is a prime cause.

Here's a list of foods that are high in iron, courtesy of the University of Virginia Health System:

  • Meat, including liver, lean beef, and pork loin.
  • Seafood like oysters, clams, shrimp, tuna, and sardines.
  • Fruits, including raisins, figs, dried apricots, and prunes.
  • Vegetables like spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, and avocado.
  • Raisin bran.
  • Several kinds of beans, peas, and lentils.
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