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Enhancers and Inhibitors of Iron Absorption

fe icon Making dietary changes is an important step in providing iron that the body needs. One of the best ways is to improve one’s dietary intake by consuming food that help increase iron intake (called “iron enhancers”) and by avoiding food that impair iron absorption (also known as “iron inhibitors”).

Enhancers of iron absorption include:

Enhancer

Inhibitors of iron absorption include:

Enhancer

It is recommended to avoid consuming these foods together with meals and iron supplement to avoid inhibition of iron absorption.

References:

  1. FAO. Human vitamin and mineral requirement. FAO Corporate Document Repository. http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/y2809e/y2809e0j.htm. Accessed 9 April 2015.
  2. Iron Disorders Institute. Achieving Iron Balance with Diet. www.irondisorders.org/diet/. Accessed 25 April 2017.