The Basics Of Iron
Iron is an essential mineral that our body needs for a number of reasons.
Iron contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It also contributes to the normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin, as well as normal oxygen transport in the body. Iron does not just contribute to normal energy release; it also contributes to normal functioning of our immune system as well as normal cognitive function.
Quick Facts About Iron
- There are two different types of iron which can be found in food: haem iron and non-haem iron. Haem iron is absorbed more easily by the body. Haem iron is found in animal foods, whereas non haem iron is found in plant foods.
- Some foods can actually slow down the rate at which your body absorbs iron from foods and supplements. This includes whole grains, nuts, and beans.
About Iron Levels
NHS guidelines recommend that men over the age of 18 consume 8.7 milligrams (mg) of iron per day. Women aged 19 to 50 should eat considerably more, to make up for the amount of iron they lose in their menstrual period, aiming for 14.8mg a day. Women aged 50 and over should aim for 8.7mg of iron daily.
Children also need iron, as it contributes to their normal cognitive development. The NHS guidelines recommend that babies aged 0 to 3 months need 1.7mg of iron per day, babies aged 4 to 6 months need 4.3mg of iron per day and babies aged 7 to 12 months require 7.8mg of iron per day.
Children aged 1 to 3 years old should consume 6.9mg a day, children aged 4 to 6 years should have 6.1mg a day and children 7 to 10 years need 8.7mg a day.
After this age, the amount of iron required by children each day varies depending on gender. Girls aged 11 to 18 years old need 14.8mg a day, on account of the menstrual cycle, whereas boys aged 11 to 18 years old need 11.3mg a day.
(Last Modified 14/01/2021)
Your Questions About Iron
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Q. Is it True That Some Foods & Drink Can Slow Down The Rate At Which Your Body Absorbs Iron?
A. Yes, the NHS state that foods that contain high amounts of phytic acid can inhibit the absorption of iron from foods and supplements. Foods containing phytic acid include wholegrains, nuts, and beans.
Q. Are There Certain People Who Would Benefit More From Taking An Iron Supplement?
A.Yes, there are some groups of people who could benefit from safeguarding their daily iron intake with a supplement.
Athletes may benefit from taking an iron supplement, as could women during menstruation and pregnancy, and the over 50s.
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