Anaemia & low haemoglobin levels can be quite common with some people who are vegans or vegetarians.
I have always been slightly anaemic, however, since turning vegan, my blood iron levels have plummeted.
It has been quite a challenge finding ways to increase my iron levels and to be honest, I am quite fed up with feeling low in energy almost every day.
Superfoods like chlorella & spirulina are rich in iron and are fantastic at reversing. However, they taste quite vile and the the green-stained teeth I get afterwards is not a pretty sight.
Yes, I know some of you will say to take the spirulina or chlorella in tablet form. I prefer to take these substances as pure as possible. Tablets tend to contain other ingredients that I do not really want in my body, but are needed to help compress and shape the spirulina/chlorella into tablets. In addition, tablets take a while to break down in the body, so by the time the contents enter the system, they are pretty much useless or have most of it filtered out and broken down by the liver.
This is why I prefer to take spirulina and/or chlorella in powder form. I mix about a tablespoon of the powder in warm water, pinch my nose, and chug it down – like a cocktail shot. Yum – not!
Luckily, I have recently learnt that blackstrap molasses is not just good for my hair, but is a very rich and, of course, palatable source of easily assimilable iron. Blackstrap molasses is made from sugar beets or sugar cane and is sometimes called treacle in UK and some parts of Europe. I have been using this stuff in my deep conditioner recipes for several months, but had no idea, until now, that it was so rich in iron!!
It is often given to pregnant women to boost iron & haemoglobin levels in the blood.
Blackstrap molasses is a natural sweetener that is rich in iron, calcium and lots of other nutritional goodies. It has an unusual taste…..like….um…..burnt sugar, but it does help mask the taste of the spirulina and chlorella powders.
So I try to make sure my daily iron-rich cocktail includes a teaspoon of chlorella or spirulina with 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses in a glass of warm water.
It has done a lot to increase my energy and blood iron levels, and is definitely a keeper in my pantry!
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