Iron is an essential mineral. It helps carry oxygen around our bodies - and every cell in the body needs oxygen. It also helps maintain a healthy immune system and helps keep our energy levels up! We checked in with our Pharmacist to answer a few questions about the importance of Iron.
There are times when some of us have higher iron needs…Infants, toddlers, and teens need more – because they’re growing fast. Pregnant women – for increased blood levels.
When we have our periods – due to blood loss. If you exercise a lot or are very active. Or if you’re on a restricted diet, like vegetarians or vegans.
You might need more iron if you’ve been feeling tired or lethargic. Or if you’re often irritable or grumpy. Are you getting frequent infections?
Do you feel the cold? Or maybe you’ve been having difficulty concentrating. If any of that rings a bell, it might be a good idea to chat with your doctor about your iron levels.
You can get more iron through choosing the right foods in your diet, or iron supplements can also be an option.
These meats, and seafood are all good sources of iron.
- Beef - Lamb - Liver
- Kidney - Pork - Poultry
But Iron doesn’t just come from meat though, these foods are also sources of iron.
- Bread - Cereal - Beans & lentils
- Eggs - Nuts - Fruit
Plus, food that’s rich in vitamin C can also help increase the amount of iron your body absorbs.
- Oranges - Tomatoes
- Kiwifruit - Broccoli
There are also a range of supplements that help replace iron in your body.
Your Pharmacist can help point you in the right direction, and choose the right one for you.
Iron is essential, but too much can be harmful and you’ll need to make sure you’re not taking more than your daily dose.
So if you think you’re lacking in iron, you really should have a chat with your Doctor first. They can test your iron levels, then come and see us if you’ve been advised to use supplements.