Why Do We Need Iron?
Iron is an essential nutrient has a special relationship with oxygen. It is essential for life itself, and helps support blood building and oxygen transport.* (2)
How Much Iron Should I Take?
Instead of getting the full 100% Daily Value of Iron (18mg) through vitamin supplementation, which can increase iron intake into excess levels, we recommend aiming to get some iron through the foods you eat and supplementing to help fill nutrient gaps. Iron needs may vary through different life stages. For example, during pregnancy, most women need more iron, while postmenopausal women can probably get enough through diet alone. After menopause, a woman’s need for iron is reduced quite a bit to 10 mg daily. Since most postmenopausal get more than 10 mg of iron in their diet, research shows supplemental iron may be unnecessary.* (2)
While most multivitamins with iron include the entire traditional Recommended Daily Value of iron, getting too much can be harmful. Too much iron can impact uptake of other essential trace minerals: this may mean other essential minerals cannot do their job as well. We recommend an amino acid chelate form of iron that’s well-tolerated on the stomach.*