In high school I decided that it would be a good idea to compete in two endurance sports at the same time. Looking back, I remember wondering why I was constantly fatigued. I should have been able to wake up for morning rowing practice, attend school, and then run mile repeats before settling into a long night of homework with no problem, right? It took sitting down with my doctor to realize that the fatigue I was feeling was derived from much more than my hectic schedule. As it turned out, my iron levels were so low that I had to immediately stop all athletic activity and place my focus on regaining strength.

Anemia can make daily habits, such as exercise, too difficult to complete.

Anemia is a sneaky monster of an illness, it creeps up on you when you least expect it and can wreak havoc on your ability to function without fatigue or weakness. It is especially sneaky because its symptoms are often difficult to differentiate from the byproducts of a hectic schedule:

  1. Fatigue

  2. Weakness

  3. Headaches

  4. Brain Fog

  5. Trouble breathing

Okay, that last symptom maybe isn’t so normal but the rest are accepted as so common that it’s hard to differentiate the fatigue of a long work week with the fatigue of low iron or anemia. However, there are some factors that can increase your chances of getting diagnosed with anemia:

  1. Being a woman, especially during menstruation and pregnancy

  2. Vegetarian/Vegan Diets

  3. Old age

  4. Over-exercising

  5. Consuming a low iron diet, or iron-blocking foods.

Anemia occurs when the blood contains low numbers of red blood cells.

If you suspect that you might have low iron levels, take a look at your symptoms in relation to the factors that could increase your chances of diagnosis. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt to speak with your doctor to potentially do some bloodwork to make sure.

Rebuilding my iron levels was a slow and frustrating process at times, as any dietary change requires patience. However, once I began to notice results, I was amazed at how much my diet could transform my energy. The addition of high-iron foods to my diet completely changed how my body functioned. Even to this day, I make sure to place my focus on consuming iron rich foods so as to never return to anemia.

When it comes to maintaining an iron-rich diet without a heavy influence of meat, Moringa has been a game changer. The unassuming plant noticeably changes my feelings of fatigue and weakness when I am low on iron and is especially helpful while menstruating. Dark leafy greens are known to be nutritional powerhouses and are especially helpful for boosting iron intake.

Consuming dark leafy greens, including moringa, can boost iron levels.

Moringa is perhaps the best plant-based, iron-rich food. A 100g serving of moringa provides more iron than the same serving of kale, spinach, and swiss chard. Iron is traditionally difficult for the body to absorb, so it is necessary to eat foods that also include vitamins that will help your body retain iron. Moringa supplies a host of vitamins and minerals that aid in iron retention:

  1. Vitamin C

  2. Folic Acid

  3. Vitamin B12

Moringa Improves Liver Function

 

Whether you are trying to prevent anemia or drastically increase your iron levels, adding Moringa to your diet is essential. For more recipe ideas and information about moringa’s nutritional benefits, check out our Battle of the Greens series and frequently updated recipe page.

moringa iced tea

More Resources:

5 Natural Treatments for Anemia Symptoms

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrients-needed-absorb-iron-3523.html

http://www.irondisorders.org/iron-deficiency-anemia

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000584.htm