Report shows significant difference in iron requirements for men and women

New report on iron explains most common vitamin and mineral deficiency

Dr Dawn Harper has released an iron report sponsored by Active Iron. The report has revealed a significant difference in iron requirements for men and for women. Many of us don’t even know how much iron we need, or how to get it. The essential mineral is explained in Dr Dawn’s new report, as well as the importance of iron for the human body.

“Iron deficiency anemia is the most common vitamin and mineral deficiency,” says health expert Dr Dawn. Symptoms include fatigue, pale skin and a racing heart.

So why are we suffering?

If you’re low in iron, a supplement can help you beat tiredness. The number one reason people take them in the UK is to help fight anemia, says a new survey.* But, many people experience side-effects coupled with poor absorption when they take supplements. Dr Dawn outlines the problems with traditional iron supplements in her report and what you can do to avoid them.

Your daily iron requirements vary according to your age and gender. There is a significant difference in iron requirements for men and women. Males aged 18-plus and women over 50 need 8.7mg daily. However, it’s recommended that girls aged 13-plus and women under 50 have 14.8mg. Those particularly at risk of low iron include pregnant women, people with digestive disorders, those who exercise a lot and vegetarians and vegans who don’t follow a balanced diet.

Are you absorbing iron properly?

Iron is found in a variety of foods but it’s important that you’re absorbing it properly. “Even if you enjoy balanced meals, most people absorb only 10 per cent of iron from their diet,” explains Dr Harper.

Read the full report here.

Dr Dawn Harper

Dr. Dawn Harper is a NHS GP in Gloucestershire. She has worked as a media doctor for over ten years and is best known as of the of presenters on Channel 4’s hit series Embarrassing Bodies. Dr Dawn has put together ‘the iron report’ in association with Active Iron.

In this report, Dr Dawn draws on her own experience as a GP as well as the results of new research commissioned by Active Iron.

This research was conducted online in the UK by Opinions Market Research, with 1,018 people between Friday 10th – Monday 13th of August 2018. This report outlines general awareness on iron, the role of iron in women’s health, fitness, hemochromatosis and iron supplementation.

*Solvotrin Iron Supplement Research in the UK, August 2018