Iron helps to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. A lack of iron can lead to iron deficiency anaemia.
Good sources of iron include:
dried fruit – such as dried apricots
wholegrains – such as brown rice
fortified breakfast cereals
soybean flour most dark-green leafy vegetables – such as watercress and curly kale
Although liver is a good source of iron, don't eat it if you are pregnant. This is because it is also rich in vitamin A which, in large amounts, can harm your unborn baby.
The amount of iron you need is: 8.7mg a day for men 14.8mg a day for women. Depending upon your diet, you might be able to get all the iron you need from food but many of us have poor diets so may not. Women who lose a lot of blood during their monthly period (heavy periods) are at higher risk of iron deficiency anaemia and may need to take iron supplements.