Nearly 50 percent of women in India suffer from iron deficiency, according to the National Family Health Survey. Low iron consumption means that there is not enough hemoglobin produced. Low levels of hemoglobin can impede the passage of oxygen to your brain which can cause excessive pressure on your brain by marking a headache. Iron deficiency is a common occurrence in both men and women. For women, this is a serious cause for concern because many of them also take menstruation, and lose many important red blood cells in the process. This is why, loading on iron is very important, and there are many fruits and vegetables that can help you.
If you are not a fan of these fruits and vegetables, you can always juice them, or make a smoothie and prepare it all at once. However, make sure you go or are only fresh, homemade juices, often found in stores, packed with preservatives and sugar.
(Also read: 5 Iron Rich Foods For A Stronger You And Good Health)
Here are 5 iron-rich drinks you should include in your diet:
1. Spinach Juice
Spinach is not only full of iron, but is also a very good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, B6, B2, K, E, carotenoids and copper. There are very few foods that are as healthy as spinach. You can mix some leaves of spinach with apples, if the plain taste of spinach is bothering you.
2. Pumpkin Juice
Pumpkin (or sitaphal) is a treasure trove of antioxidants and minerals that can do wonders for your health. Not just fruits, even pumpkin seeds are said to be one of the best sources of iron. You can eat pumpkin seeds for snacks or keep them in your smoothie bowl. For pumpkin juice, all you have to do is take a blender, mix the pulp and drink its juice today.
Pumpkin juice can also help in weight loss
3. Prune juice
According to the USDA, one cup of prune juice contains about 3 milligrams of iron. In addition, prunes are also rich in manganese, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C. If you have stomach related problems like constipation, you may also get prune juice.
4. Beet Juice
This ruby red juice is a healing medicine that you should not ignore. Enriched with iron and potassium, beet juice can also do wonders for your blood pressure levels.
5. Flax and Sesame Seeds Smoothie
Flaxseeds and sesame are prolific with iron, fiber, antioxidants, protein and what not! Just take a blender, mix a little milk and honey, throw some flaxseeds and sesame seeds, blend until you get the desired consistency and just keep drinking.
Include these healthy juices in your diet if you are suffering from iron deficiency – but make sure you practice abstinence. Always consult a doctor before adding anything new to your diet.
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