All you need to know about IRON from a Dietitian!!

All you need to know about IRON from a Dietitian!!

November 12, 2019 0 By William Morgan


Hi everyone, my name is Brianna Harris, and
I am a registered dietitian and VitaCup’s Chief Vitamin Officer. Today I want to talk to you about tips for
getting Iron. Iron is an essential nutrient, it is a mineral
that is essential for getting red blood cells and for transferring oxygen throughout your
body. There are two different types of iron: Heme
which comes from animal products, things like chicken, beef, pork and nonheme which is things
like tofu, spinach, legumes, and peas. Now the main difference between heme and nonheme
is aside from being from an animal and one being from plant-based is that nonheme is
actually not as bioavailable as heme iron. What that means is that your body can’t use
it and utilize it as well as heme products. One thing you can do to make it more bioavailable
is adding vitamin c to it. So when you are preparing your nonheme items
try to add things high in vitamin C so things like bell peppers, lemons, kiwis, Tomatoes. All of those items are things that are high
in Vitamin C will make your nonheme products more bioavailable. So, women ages 18-50 should have at least
18mg of iron per day, and males ages 18-50 should have 8mg of iron per day. Both males and females over the age of 51
should have 8mg of iron per day. Like I said earlier some of the sources that
you can get are good in iron are going to be animal products like beef, chicken, and
pork. Also, plant-based like spinach, tofu, nuts,
and legumes.