No, this has nothing to do with Iron Chef. ::)
I went to try to give blood today, as I've done several times in the past few months. I got turned away AGAIN because my iron was too low.
I eat spinach, kale, and beans every day. I take vegan supplements that provide 156% of my daily iron requirements. I even stopped drinking black tea because someone told me it was an iron blocker. What do I do??!
I'm sorry, CYETS. I have no wisdom on this subject.
*not ignoring you* ;)
ok, i am not positive because i kind of forget but as well as vit c increasing iron absorption (i think) calcium inhibits it.
you should also check what your hematocrit and hemoglobin counts are, not just blood iron and talk to a doctor about it because then you can see at what stage you are in your deficiency and what you can do to help it (whether your stores are low, whether you aren't absorbing well, whether your intake is low, etc.) a lot of greens actually do not have iron that is well absorbed, unfortunately.
Are you going during or shortly after your cycle? That can hurt your iron count too.