What is iron?
Is it a mineral, a nutrient, a chemical, or something that binds together nutrients?
Are there any specific nutrients that are important for the body to build up?
What are the risks and benefits of taking supplements?
What does iron do?
What are the types of iron supplements you should be taking?
Which ones should you be taking, and what are the effects on the body?
This is a quick look at the basics of the science and what you need to know before you decide if iron supplements are right for you.
First of all, if you are looking for iron supplements, there are a number of them out there.
Most of them are not made for you, they are usually not as effective as other forms of iron-rich foods like beans, lentils and rice, or the like.
You may find some products that contain a lot of iron, but it’s usually not that significant.
What makes up for the difference in the effectiveness of these iron-containing products?
Some of the different types of supplements you might consider include: iron-fortified foods (such as legumes, beans, and nuts, which contain a large amount of iron) iron-loaded protein powders (such a whey protein concentrate) iron supplements (such, ferrous oxide, ferrofluorocarbons, etc.) iron-packed foods (for example, wholemeal bread, rice, and pasta) iron tablets (such iron-laden pills) and some supplements (for instance, the whey powder in whey supplements)But if you want to be able to get a lot more out of your iron intake, there is a wide variety of iron rich foods that you should consider.
In fact, the whole iron spectrum is so wide that many of the most commonly consumed foods are not really high in iron at all.
In addition, some of the more common supplements you may find, like ferrous oxides, are not good for you if you’re already iron deficient.
For more information, check out our Iron and the Gut section.
Some of the other types of food you may be interested in are: fruit (such bananas, mangoes, and grapes) vegetables (such broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflowers, kale, peppers, radishes, spinach, and summer squash) grains (such wheat, barley, oats, oats bran, brown rice, quinoa, and brown rice bran) legumes (such lentils, beans and peas, beans sprouts and peas) fruits (such apple, blueberries, oranges, and melons) and nuts (such almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, pecan halves, pine nuts, peanuts, pisticos, peck, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts)In summary, we recommend that you consider your needs and how much you can consume from each of the iron-producing foods you might be interested.
And while you may need to adjust your iron supplement intake depending on what you’re currently eating, the key is to be careful and use the most effective iron-based supplements that you can afford to take.
The good news is that if you know what you are going to eat, you can do your own research and figure out what iron-deficient foods are best for you without the need to buy supplements.
It’s a lot easier to get all the right nutrients and the right foods when you have a clear picture of what you want.