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What food has the most bio-available source of iron? If you guess liver or red meat, you’re not alone in your assumption but there are better sources you may not be aware of.

If you’re low in iron, it may be next to impossible to improve thyroid function, fatigue, or hair loss. In food, iron comes in heme and non-heme forms. Heme iron is better absorbed, and some kinds of heme iron are better absorbed than others.

Here is a ranking of some of the top sources:

  • Clams
  • Oysters
  • Liver
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Fish

That’s right, Clams are #1, followed closely by another favorite food of mine, oysters.

Along with iron, they are also one of the best sources of B-12 you can find. More and more vegans have chosen to include shellfish. They’re the perfect complement to a plant-based diet nutritionally and many feel they do not raise the ethical or environmental concerns that other animal foods do.

Like other bivalves, clams are much less apt to have contaminants than can be found in fish.

Kirin and I will have a clam marinara served on spaghetti squash for dinner tonight along with some homemade einkorn sourdough bread and a salad. I’m hungry just thinking about it!

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