Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Iron Important?
About 70% of your body’s iron is found in the red blood cells of your blood and in muscle cells. Red blood cells are essential in transferring oxygen in your blood from the lungs to the tissues. Red blood cells in muscle cells accept, store, transport and release oxygen.1
What is the Recommended Daily Allowance for Iron?
According to the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the average Recommended Daily Allowance for Iron is 6.0mg per day for males and 19.0 mg for females. For females 60 years and above, the RDA for Iron is reduced to 6.0mg per day. Women generally have higher needs for Iron.2
Where can we get a healthy supply of Iron daily?
Iron is not made in the body and must be absorbed from what we eat. The best sources of iron from food are vegetables, meat, poultry and fish. If we are not taking sufficient iron from food, it is recommended that we take iron supplements as an alternative.3
What happens during menstruation?
Menstruating women lose iron through blood loss every month. Blood loss during this time is estimated to be as little as one ounce—a light or average period—and as much as 1 cup—a heavy period. Women with heavy periods may be at risk to iron loss if their diet is lacking in iron-rich food such as vegetables or meat.4
How can I find out my Iron Level
Please consult your doctor to find out more.
- Blood Basics. American Society of Hematology. http://www.hematology.org/Patients/Basics/.
- Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Information System. WHO. http://www.who.int/vmnis/indicators/haemoglobin.pdf.
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Iron-Deficiency Anemia? https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/ida/signs.
- What are Platelets and Why are They Important? Johns Hopkins. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/heart_vascular_institute/clinical_services/centers_excellence/womens_cardiovascular_health_center/patient_information/health_topics/platelets.html.