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how can i increase my iron levels naturally & how much time will these take ?

hello!! my doc just diagnosed me wid iron defiency. i hve been feeling tired and weak since a month. nw she has given me iron supplements . bt hw cn i increase my iron levels naturally n hw much time wil these take???
Thu, 12 May 2011
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Thank you for choosing health care magic! You can take Iron rich foods along with protein supplement( meat). Jaggery is rich source of iron. I am mentioning few food items which are rich in iron.

meats - beef, pork, lamb, liver, and other organ meats

poultry - chicken, duck, turkey, liver (especially dark meat)

fish - shellfish, including clams, mussels, and oysters, sardines, anchovies

leafy greens of the cabbage family, such as broccoli, kale, turnip greens, and collards

legumes, such as lima beans and green peas; dry beans and peas, such as pinto beans, black-eyed peas, and canned baked beans

yeast-leavened whole-wheat bread and rolls

iron-enriched white bread, pasta, rice, and cereals

How quickly your symptoms decline depends on the severity of anemia at the beginning of treatment and the kind of treatment you are receiving. Close communication with your doctor will help him or her provide the treatment that is best for you based on what is causing the anemia. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of all treatment options with your doctor before beginning treatment.

If you received a red blood cell transfusion, your hemoglobin level may immediately return to the normal range. The symptoms caused by anemia may also be relieved very quickly.

Without receiving a blood transfusion, your body must manufacture new red blood cells to reduce the symptoms related to anemia. It takes about 5-7 days for your body to start making red blood cells. This can result in an increase in hemoglobin levels within 2-3 weeks of starting treatments with erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAS), iron supplements, or vitamin supplements.
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