EU PRI (1) per day
European Union Population Reference Intake for males aged 18 years and over; values in italics indicate "acceptable range of intakes".9 mg - (20 mg) (3)
Lean meat, dried fruit, cereals, green vegetables (when accompanied by vitamin C).
A component of haemoglobin and needed by bone marrow to make new blood cells.
Pallor, weakness, breathlessness, less resistance to infections, apathy, inattentiveness.
Too high a dose of iron supplements can lead to cirrhosis of the liver.
Eat food rich in vitamin C along with iron-rich food to maximise absorption.
Did you know?
Most white breads are enriched by iron in the U.K..
EU PRI - European Union Population Reference Intake as published by the Scientific Committee for Food of the European Community. Note: it must be remembered that age, sex and environment all influence the need for minerals. Eating less food to reduce weight or eating too many refined foods can lead to temporary deficiencies.
Reports of the Scientific Committee for Food (31st Series), Nutrient and Energy Intakes for the European Community, Directorate-General Industrial Affairs, Office des publications officielles des Communautes Europeennes, Luxembourg, 1993. Recommended Dietary Allowances, 10th Edition, National Research Council, National Academy Press, Washington D.C., 1989. Metal Contamination of Food, C. Reilly, Elsevier, London, 1991
The European Food Information Council
((1) EU PRI - European Union Population Reference Intake for males aged 18 years and over; values in italics indicate "acceptable range of intakes".
(2) Higher intake levels may eventually be proposed to reduce the instance of osteoporosis during ageing.
(3) For women over 18 years.
(4) Toxicity of Minerals: The column "Toxic?" refers strictly to the intake of minerals usually present in foodstuffs. Intakes in excess of the dietary recommendations can be dangerous. Always keep to the recommended dosage as advised by your doctor or medical advisor.