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Thanks Will, I didn't know about the beets! I love them!

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6/13/13 9:12 A

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Collards, beets, and arugula are good for iron. If possible, get fresh beets and use the green leafy tops in salads or smoothies.

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6/13/13 8:51 A

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My resting heart rate is 54 and my BP is 106/59 and my iron is low enough that I cannot donate blood, but high enough that I'm not sick.

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6/13/13 8:49 A

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Tina - a friend of mine has problems with iron and she uses LOTS of leafy greens (smoothies). She also uses spiralina. I don't know if I'm spelling that right but it is a good source of iron. I know Vega has a really good product.

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6/13/13 8:38 A

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Does your Dr see no issue with it? When I was critically low (6) it started effecting my heart. My BP plummeted and my pulse was pretty hi. It's back to normal now at (11) but don't want it to drop.

Good to know yours didn't change

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6/13/13 8:25 A

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I have had low iron all my life, even when I ate meat products twice a day every day, even when I increased my beef consumption. I've been vegetarian for five years now and my iron levels have stayed the same even though I eat a lot of iron-rich foods. Good luck to you.

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Hi All,

I am wondering if any of you have issues with iron deficiencies? I've had issues (severe at times) and I switched to meat eating this last year. One year and my HGB only went up 1 point. Of course so did my cholesterol. I had 4 blood transfusions last year due to HGB being a 6 again. HGB went up 4 points (1 point per unit of blood) then 1 year later eating meat it's an 11. I'm not in the critically low category for now but still 2 points low.

I want to go back to plant based eating but can't afford my HGB to drop any. My Dr put me on children's vitimans 2x a day with iron. The nutritionist stated your body doesn't metabolize plant iron as easily as animal iron, but 1 year later not that much progress.

Anyone else run into this prob? I turned 50 in May so can't afford to let these issues get put of hand anymore, I don't bounce back as fast Ha!

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