Maintaining healthy iron levels in the body is essential for transporting oxygen throughout the body and vital for red blood cell formation. Nature Made Iron 65 mg may serve as an iron option for those with iron-deficiency.†*
Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the protein substance that allows red blood cells to carry oxygen through the body. Very low levels of iron may result in iron-deficiency anemia, a condition in which red blood cells are not able to carry enough oxygen to meet the body’s needs.†
Those who have iron deficiency* anemia may benefit from an iron supplement.†
Iron helps to manufacture collagen, a protein that builds connective tissues. In addition, without adequate amounts of iron, your body cannot produce serotonin and dopamine – brain chemicals that influence your mood and behavior.
•Vital for red blood cell formation.†
•May help with iron-deficiency anemia.†
•Helps support collagen production.†
•Helps support production of serotonin and dopamine.†
What is the recommended intake of iron?
The recommended intake of iron varies between men and women of child-bearing age due to the iron losses which occur during menstruation. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for iron is 8 mg/day for men while the RDA is 18 mg/day for premenopausal women. In addition, the lower absorption of plant-based iron leads to greater requirements in those who follow a vegetarian diet.
What affects iron absorption?
Absorption of non heme, plant-based sources of iron can be affected by different foods that are present in the same meal. Foods high in vitamin C, such as oranges, enhance absorption, while phytic acid present in beans, grains, and rice inhibit absorption.
When can iron deficiency occur?
Deficiency may result from poor diet, impaired absorption, blood loss, or repeated pregnancies. Iron is better absorbed when consumed with a vitamin C source (oranges, etc.).
What foods provide Iron?
Equivalent to 325 mg Ferrous Sulfate
•Vital for Red Blood Cell Formation
Iron is an essential part of hemoglobin, the protein substance which enables red blood cells to carry oxygen through the body.
Liver, oysters, shellfish, kidney, heart, lean meat, poultry and fish are the best absorbed sources of iron, also known as "heme" iron. Dried beans, dried fruits, black-strap molasses, dark green leafy vegetables, prune juice, iron fortified cereals and lima beans are also good sources of "non heme" iron. Combine non heme sources of iron with vitamin C for best absorption.