It's no secret that iron is a necessary nutrient for supporting a healthy, happy body. The mineral is notable for creating red blood cells, which are responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. It's also a superstar at supporting cognition and even helps with hair, skin, and nail growth, giving all three body parts that "natural glow" and dewy luster.
But these benefits can only happen when our bodies actually absorb the right amount of iron. In the latest episode of Plant-Based, registered herbalist and health coach Rachelle Robinett explains that before you go upping your iron intake, you need to make sure your body is can absorb it in the first place. "Absorption is a really important piece of the puzzle to consider when we're looking to supplement and improve our nutrient levels," Robinett says. "If we're not absorbing the supplements we're taking or the foods that we're eating, we're not going to see a change in our levels."
- Rachelle Robinett, registered herbalist, educator, and founder of Supernatural
Want to make sure your absorption levels are all good? Start by drinking this delicious herbal tea that'll give you loads of natural goodness, all guaranteed to support the way your body soaks in nutrients.
Watch as Robinett turns a garden-full of delicious herbs, like nettle leaf, alfalfa, and thyme, into a heavenly herbal blend you can drink hot or iced. In addition to iron—which is naturally found in whole herbs—the tea is high in vitamin C, which Robinett says is a game-changer enhancing absorption throughout our digestive systems. "Gut health, in general, is super important for absorption," she says. "One of the reasons we love nettle so much is that it's high in both iron and vitamin C."
It's not just herbs—there's also Floradix®Iron + Herbs ($48), (a vegan, gluten-free supplement that yields 10 milligrams of your daily dose per serving), sweet molasses for selenium and copper, and a twist of lemon for a tangy boost of vitamin C. "It's so aromatic, a tiny bit sweet, and smells like a garden," Robinett says while enjoying a cup. "It's definitely a tea you can drink all day long, every day."
Amplify your absorption levels and ensure your iron levels are in tip-top shape. Get the full recipe for this awesome herbal infusion in the full video.
High-Iron herbal tea for absorption
¼ cup nettle leaf
¼ cup red clover
¼ cup red raspberry leaf
¼ cup alfalfa
¼ cup dandelion leaf
10 ml Floradix® Iron + Herbs
Sprigs of thyme, parsley, and/or spearmint
Lemon juice and zest
Molasses to taste, optional
32 oz. filtered boiling water
Mason jar or large glass pitcher
1. Combine herbs in a pitcher or large mason jar.
2. Pour boiling water over the ingredients and cover.
3. Steep for a minimum four hours or up to 12 hours/overnight to allow the minerals to fully extract from the herbs.
4. Strain, add Floradix® Iron + Herbs to your cup, garnish, and enjoy.
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