All You Need To Know About Iron Deficiency

How much iron do I need daily?

Iron daily recommendations differ according to age, sex, daily activity, the person’s health, metabolic and medical conditions. But, the recommended iron amount according to the National Institution of Health (NIH) is:

  • From birth to 6 months: 0.27 mg
  • Infants from 7 to 12 months: 11 mg
  • Children from 1 to 3 years: 7 mg
  • Children from 4 to 8 years: 10 mg
  • Children from 9 to 13 years: 8 mg
  • Male teens from 14 to 18 years: 11 mg
  • Female teens from 14 to 18 years: 15 mg
  • Male adult from 19 to 50 years: 8 mg
  • Female adult from 19 to 50 years: 18 mg
  • Pregnant teens and women: 27 mg
  • Breast-feeding teens: 10 mg
  • Breast-feeding women: 9 mg
  • Seniors from 50 years and older: 8 mg

People at risk of iron deficiency may need more than the daily iron recommendation.

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