General symptoms of anaemia include extreme tiredness, a lack of energy, breathlessness and pale skin. There are several different types of anaemia (for example, it may be caused by a lack of vitamin B12 or folate in the body) but a lack of iron is the most common cause. According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, 23 percent of women aged 19-64 have extremely low intakes of iron. Great news then that several shellfish including brown crabmeat, crayfish, clams, cockles, mussels and oysters contain this nutrient so can help to boost intakes.

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