Pumping Up the Iron
 
 

Pumping Up the Iron

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Pumping Up the Iron

To get the most natural iron from certain vegetables, watch how you prepare them. Steaming, stir-frying or boiling increases the iron in broccoli, green peppers and tomatoes, according to researchers at Rutgers University. Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron found in vegetables. Caffeine, tannin (found in tea) and calcium decrease the body's ability to absorb iron.