Why women need more iron in their diet

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Why women need more iron in their diet

Whatever we eat provides nutrition and nourishment to the body. Your body needs all kinds of nutrients to stay fit and healthy. Among all these minerals there is Iron. The iron plays an important role in your body. In fact, iron is an important part of Hemoglobin. If you don’t take enough iron in your diet then you face problems like Anemia. Usually, male need more nutrients in terms of quality, however that not true in the case of iron. An adult woman needs more iron than an adult male. Let’s find out why women need more iron than men.

Why do we need iron in our body?
Red blood cells seek oxygen from lungs and spread it throughout the body. So, if you don’t take the required amount of iron regularly, then you can’t make red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. (Also read: What are the signs that you must visit your gynaecologist at once)

What are the reasons that women need more iron in there diet?

Menstrual cycle
Once a girl hits puberty, she certainly needs more iron in her diet. During the periods you lose blood from your body, as result of which you can experience the deficiency of iron. Therefore, it is important for women to include sufficient amount of iron in their diet.  (Also read: What are the best food items to fight the premenstrual syndrome during periods)

During pregnancy
A would-be mother has to be extra careful with the diet plan. During pregnancy, the amount of blood in your body increases as you are developing a baby inside of you. So, more blood simply means you need more iron in your diet for your baby’s health. You need an extra iron intake for the development of baby and placenta.

Anaemia
When your body doesn’t get sufficient iron, it develops the condition of anaemia. Due to which to you get a headache, fatigue and yellow skin etc. According to a study in every two Indian women, one has anaemia. Women in the age group of 15 to 49 have more chances of getting Anaemia.

How much iron is needed every day?

  • Age 19 to 50
    18mg
  • During pregnancy
    27mg
  • After 50
    8mg

Sources of Iron

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