Foods that support the body in absorbing iron.
Foods that prevent the body from absorbing iron.
Red Meat (especially liver)
Poultry (especially the dark meat from thighs and legs)
Fish and Shellfish (especially oysters)
Coffee and Tea, some Fruits (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries), and some Herbs & Spices (oregano, peppermint, chamomile) can reduce iron absorption by 50% – 90%.
The absorption of iron for Legumes, Rice and Grains (wheat bran, whole wheat, oats, brown rice) is very low (about 1%–2%).
Calcium partly inhibits iron absorption and can be found in Milk, Cheese, Yogurt, Figs, Almonds, Sardines, Tofu and Rhubarb.
Heartburn and acid reflux medication can also reduce iron absorption.