Iron – Vital to the production of hemoglobin.
Iron is important for making red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs around the body. A lack of iron can lead to iron deficiency (anaemia). Iron supplements should be taken on an empty stomach because food can decrease the amount of iron your body absorbs. Vitamin C is beneficial in helping the body absorb iron whereas coffee and tea can reduce iron absorption.
Follow these tips to maintain a good level of Iron:
Red meat, tofu, baked potato, spinach, silverbeet, broccoli, lentils and beans, nuts and seeds, grains, brown rice and dried fruit.
Iron supplements are available in pills, liquid, or as part of a multivitamin. For men 19+ 8mg/day For women 19-50 18mg/day, 51+ 8mg/day.
If you are on medication or have symptoms of anemia talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.