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How much iron do you need?

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Men need 8 milligrams per day of iron. Women need 18 milligrams per day from ages 19 to 50 (27 grams if they're pregnant) and 8 milligrams from age 51 on (because they are no longer losing iron through menstruation).

SOURCES: Hillary M. Wright, MEd, RD, LDN, nutritionist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston. Marisa Moore, RD, spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Institute of Medicine. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. National Academies Press: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Fluoride;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Carotenoids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc;" and "Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium, Sodium and Chloride." National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron" and "Vitamin D." Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  








 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 17, 2018

SOURCES: Hillary M. Wright, MEd, RD, LDN, nutritionist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston. Marisa Moore, RD, spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Institute of Medicine. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. National Academies Press: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Fluoride;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Carotenoids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc;" and "Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium, Sodium and Chloride." National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron" and "Vitamin D." Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  








 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 17, 2018

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