In high school, I decided that it would be a good idea to compete in two endurance sports at the same time. Anemia was not something I was familiar with at the 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?

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

It took sitting down with my doctor to realize that the fatigue I felt was derived from more than my hectic schedule. My iron levels were so low that I had to stop all athletic activity and place my focus on regaining strength.

Anemia is a sneaky monster of an illness. It creeps up on you and can wreak havoc on your ability to function without fatigue or weakness. This condition happens when you lack enough healthy red blood cells, and there is not adequate oxygen to your body’s tissues. Anemia is also 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 common. What’s a hard work week versus the fatigue of low iron or anemia? There are some factors that can increase your chances of getting diagnosed with anemia:

  1. Menstruation and pregnancy (anemia mostly affects women)

  2. Vegetarian/Vegan diets

  3. Old age

  4. Over-exercising

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

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. It doesn’t hurt to speak with your doctor and complete some bloodwork to make sure.

Woman running on open road

Listen to your body. Exercise can be challenging when anemic.

Rebuilding my iron levels was a slow and frustrating process at times. 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 never to 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 nutritional powerhouses and are especially helpful for boosting iron intake.

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, or swiss chard. Iron is notoriously 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

Whether you are trying to prevent anemia or drastically increase your iron levels, adding Moringa to your diet can help. Check out our other articles like 3 Ways to Tell if Your Moringa is Good Quality, or 10 Reasons to Eat Moringa Everyday

For more recipe ideas and information about moringa’s nutritional benefits, check out our Battle of the Greens series and frequently updated recipe page.

At Kuli Kuli, we believe that moringa is one piece of the larger health puzzle. Has moringa helped you in any way? Let us know in the comments!

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