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leftymom--Yes, the body does indeed have a way of self healing. The Hgb should respond within 30-45 days to correct anemia. This takes I would say on the average 2 months. It took me 2 months to go from 8.5 Hgb to 12.9. on Ferris Sulfate 3X daily and a combination of iron rich diet. Of course I had a blood loss that has to be figured in. I ate like a scientist which is not necessary, but it helps.

The thing to know is that there are 2 forms of iron, one which is derived from animals (Heme iron) and the other is from plants (Non-Heme iron). Heme is far more effectively absorbable.

Next, some foods can inhibit the absorption such as phytates in fiber, tannins in tea and coffee, calcium also impairs and others can increase the absorption as in Vit-C.

When combining certain foods you can increase absorption i.e., a salad with tuna, tomatoes, garbonzo beans and sunflowerseeds. So you have heme iron and non-heme forms with an enhancer.

I also snacked on things like sunflowerseeds, cashews, almonds, dried apricots. And....when cooking I added wheatgerm to many things. Iron is also in cinnamon which can be added to oatmeal with raisins or black strap molasses= IRON RICH.

Non-Heme--beans, lentils, pumpkin seeds, canned beans, baked potato with skins, enriched pasta and canned asparagus.

Heme--Clams, Oysters, beef, shrimp, turkey, tuna and salmon.

There are many food lists out there if you do a search. I kept a list next to the frig and it helped me a lot remembering what to eat. Good luck to you both. FLFLOWERGIRL:)

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