You don’t have to be a heavy meat-eater but the body does absorb iron from meat more easily than iron coming from plant-based foods, Dr. Pathak says, because it’s organic heme. “Meat also helps increase hemoglobin levels,” she adds. So if you stay away from meat, you have to find another way to increase your intake of iron-rich, plant-based foods. Many people opt out for supplements. If meat is out of the question for you, pick foods that are high in Vitamin C to enhance iron absorption.