Do vegan women get enough iron?
Have you found women with iron absorption issues? For example, too many other minerals or not enough vitamin C? Or is absorption usually OK, and just the amount of iron the issue?
Yes, many women have iron absorption issues. Almost all vegans get enough iron and enough vitamin C, so if they have iron issues, it’s probably from poor absorption. This is usually not a problem for men, but is for women who menstruate due to blood loss.
Someone might not be eating vitamin C at the optimal times for it to increase iron absorption – eat foods with vitamin C with whole grains, leafy greens, legumes and other high-iron foods. I often eat a small orange or two with my meals to increase iron absorption.
And you also need to remember that many people drink tea with all their meals, which inhibits absorption. Coffee does the same thing.