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Subject:         Re: iron-level
Date: August 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: iron-level posted by Jane on August 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm:

Personally i believe its best to get iron from diet, i believe consuming some animal foods to be a natural way to achieve this, aswell as a diet majority based around plant foods.

I understand thats not in line with vegan philosophy, but after viewing the bulk of the scientific research on vegan diets, im yet to be convinced vegan diets are nutritionally complete diet enough to be safe in the long term, especially raw vegan diets, which can be very prone to developing a number of serious nutritional deficiencies.

Any long term vegan should have their vitamin b12 levels tested also, especially if iron is low.

Another problem with all raw food based diets, is that many greens are poorly digested in their raw state. You might have more success increasing your iron by lightly cooking/steaming your dark leafy greens if your not already, which softens the tough fibers and allows more uptake of nutrients.

If you intend to stay vegan(which i don't recommend personally) then beans and nuts are also decent plant sources of iron, that you may wish to include in your diet. Grains such as oatmeal and tofu/soy milk can also be important sources of iron as a vegetarian, pending your not allergic to Soy of course, which is a common allergen.

A diet just consisting of fruits and greens i don't believe to be nutritionally complete or balanced enough to be safe or healthy, especially in the long term.

Iron supplements are mostly for rectifying iron-deficiency anemia and absorption issues that affect iron.

Iron can also be a very problematic nutrient in excess, so you need to be monitored by a doctor when supplementing with synthetic iron supplements, as excess can cause iron overload disorders.

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