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Iron booster smoothie

A healthy smoothie recipe that provides 1/3 to 1/2 your daily iron requiements. It may look green, but it is mean!


iron booster smoothie

Wheat and gluten free

This smoothie recipe is designed to boost your iron levels. Spirulina powder, dervied from dried algae, is an extremely rich source of iron. Bananas are high in soluble fiber which helps the body absorb the iron naturally unlike iron tablets which can clog up the system.

This iron booster smoothie is great for celiac’s and others who suffer from iron deficiency anaemia. Iron is best absorbed by the body with acidic drinks like orange, apple and pineapple juice.

Those suffering from celiac disease may also have trouble with absorbing magnesium. Magnesium deficiency results in your muscles cramping and causes muscle spasms. This smoothie adds a supplement to boost magnesium levels.

I originally developed this smoothie recipe for my wife who suffers from iron deficiency anemia and muscle spasms due to celiac disease.

Ingredients
Iron (mg)
1 cup of apple juice
0.6
1 cup of prune juice
3.0
1 medium banana roughly chopped
0.3
2 teaspoons of Spirulina powder* (Brands vary in Iron content)
1.8
1 teaspoon of magnesium supplement powder* (Optional)
6 ice cubes
 
Total Iron content
5.7 mg

 

*Note: Spirulina powder and powdered magensium supplement can be obtained from most Health food stores.

This smoothie recipe provides your body with 1/3 to 1/2 your daily iron requirments.

The US Daily recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for iron is 8 mg per day for men and 9 mg for post menopausal women. For adolescent and premenopausal women the RDA is 15 mg for day for pregnant women the RDA is 27 mg. Source: Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet on Iron, 2008.

Method

Place all ingredients in the blender.
Blend until smooth and serve in a tall glass.

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