Tags: abdominal pain, body organs, bone marrow, Daily Value, diarrhea, gastrointestinal, Good food sources, green vegetables, Health Care, healthy balanced diet, heme iron, hemoglobin, Immune System, Iron Mineral, iron supplements, liver, Mineral Description, nausea, Nonheme iron, nutrition supplements, red blood cells, spleenTopic: Supplement|
Daily Value: 18 milligrams
Good Food Sources: Beef, Cream of Wheat cereal, baked potatoes, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, clams.
There’s no doubt that many of us can use more iron than we’re getting. Roughly 20 percent of Americans are deficient in this mineral. The group most likely to be coming up short: women in their reproductive years.
Iron, which is absorbed in the intestines, comes in two forms: heme and non heme. Found in meats, the heme form is well absorbed. Men get about two-thirds of their iron needs met by heme iron; the amount varies for women. Nonheme iron is found in vegetables and isn’t as well absorbed. Read the rest of this entry »