Iron is an important part of proteins throughout your body, and is especially vital in producing haemoglobin – a protein that transports oxygen in your blood.

Nutrient Reference Value (NRV)

18 mg

Food sources

  • Poultry
  • Red meat
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Peas

Problems associated with deficiency

  • Iron deficiency anaemia
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath on exertion
  • Low blood levels of iron have been linked to cardiac arrhythmias

Potential benefits at recommended levels

  • Essential part of haemoglobin
  • Part of certain essential metabolic enzymes
  • Vitamin C enhances iron absorption