Iron is one of the most critical minerals in the body. Not only does it help fortify the blood and keep oxygen flowing to your cells, it wards off anemia, boosts your B12 intake, and helps keep you fighting fit at all time…

Many of us don’t receive our daily dose of iron, however, especially if you are vegetarian, vegan or a woman of childbearing age. Here’s everything you need to know about this critical dietary component.

What are my best iron sources?

Chicken livers remain a tasty, high-iron meat for those looking to boost their intake. Other forms of ‘afval’ also provide a good dose of this critical mineral, although be careful about consuming offal too often as it’s also high in Vitamin A.

For the vegetarians among us, many legumes (beans and lentils) and nuts and seeds provide iron, as well as dark green leafy veggies.

Perhaps oddly, iron is a mineral that is not too adversely affected by cooking, unlike the more delicate B vitamins. In some cases – such as chicken livers – it can actually make more iron available to the body.

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