Dr Dawn Harper has released an iron report sponsored by Active Iron. The report has revealed a significant difference in iron requirements for men and for women. Many of us don’t even know how much iron we need, or how to get it. The essential mineral is explained in Dr Dawn’s new report, as well as the importance of iron for the human body.
“Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common vitamin and mineral deficiency in the UK,” says health expert Dr Dawn. Symptoms include fatigue, pale skin and a racing heart.
So why are we suffering? If you’re low in iron, a supplement can help you beat tiredness. The number one reason people take them in the UK is to help fight anaemia, says a new survey.* But, many people experience side-effects coupled with poor absorption when they take supplements. Dr Dawn outlines the problems with traditional iron supplements in her report and what you can do to avoid them.
Your daily iron requirements vary according to your age and gender. There is a significant difference in iron requirements for men and women. Males aged 18-plus and women over 50 need 8.7mg daily. However, it’s recommended that girls aged 13-plus and women under 50 have 14.8mg. Those particularly at risk of low iron include pregnant women, people with digestive disorders, those who exercise a lot and vegetarians and vegans who don’t follow a balanced diet.
Iron is found in a variety of foods but it’s important that you’re absorbing it properly. “Even if you enjoy balanced meals, most people absorb only 10 per cent of iron from their diet,” explains Dr Harper.
*Solvotrin Iron Supplement Research in the UK, August 2018