Iron is an essential trace mineral that is vital for specific functions in the body. It is responsible for carrying oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. About 70 percent of the iron in your body is stored in the red blood cells. Iron is an essential nutrient -- meaning, the body is unable to make it. Therefore, it must be obtained from the foods we eat. Iron deficiency is one of the most common types of nutrient deficiencies. People who are deficient in iron are at risk of developing a condition called anemia in which there are not enough healthy red blood cells in the body. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, pale skin, and sleep disturbances. The following ten foods are rich in iron, so add them to your diet to ensure that you are meeting your recommended daily intake every day.
Shellfish, in general, is an excellent source of iron — especially clams, oysters, and mussels. The recommended daily intake (RDI) of iron for the average adult is 18 milligrams (mg). One 3-oz serving of clams contains 23.8 mg of iron, which is 132% of your RDI. Clams are also an incredibly rich source of vitamin B12, with 1401% of your RDI in just one serving. Clams are also an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.
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