Mind Your Minerals – Iron!

Women generally need more iron than men.  Up to 18 mg of iron per day is needed for women aged 19 yrs to 50 yrs.  While men in the same age group need just 8 mg/day.   Pregnant women are advised to take up to 27 mg/day for a healthy pregnancy.

Your body needs iron to complete the blood cell production process.  Haemoglobin and myoglobin can be produced only with iron.   Haemoglobin is found in RBCs and myglobin in muscles.

Iron has several benefits:

  • It increases haemoglobin levels and prevents fatigue due to anaemia
  • It boosts oxygenation of blood cells
  • It enhances your energy level and boosts physical fitness

Foods rich in iron are dark leafy greens, dried fruits, egg yolk, beans, lentils, and soybean, and should be included in your daily diet.

Additional Reading:

Iron Fact Sheet – National Institutes of Health

Iron – Medline Plus, NIH

Iron in Diet – Medline Plus, NIH

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