Nutritionist Angel Dowden advises ‘You can maximize your iron absorption by eating a combination of iron-rich foods such as red meat, green- leafy vegetables, shellfish, egg yolk, nuts and cereals with food or drinks that are high in vitamin C for example, a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Avoid tea until at least an hour after eating as it contains tannin, which interferes with iron absorption”.
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One method of controlling iron deficiency in the body is to stimulate the liver to synthesize ferritin, the protein that stores iron in order to maintain the correct balance.
Hair follicles are known to contain ferritin, and when the circulating stores of ferritin decline, then these stores are called upon to ensure support for more essential cells, such as bone marrow.