Iron: Recommended daily intake

Iron: Recommended daily intake

By: Arlene Gentallan

What is Iron?

        Iron is a mineral best known for it's role in red blood cell production. Vitamin C is needed to boosts it's absorption.

Functions of iron in the body:

  • Hemoglobin formation to make red blood cell which transports oxygen throughout the body
  • Energy production
  • Maintains healthy skin, nails, and hair
  • Aids the immune system

What is the recommended daily intake of iron?

According to The National Institutes of Health, recommended iron intake are as follows:

Child 7-12 months 
                         11 mg
Child 1-3 year old  
                          7 mg
Child 4-8 year old   
                        10 mg
Child 9-13 year old                           8 mg
Adolescent female 14-18 year old     15 mg
Adolescent male 14-18 year old 
      11 mg
19-50 year old female
                    18 mg
19-50 year old male
                        8 mg
51 up
                                            8 mg

Breastfeeding 14-50 year old
           27 mg
Lactating 14-18 year old
                10 mg
Lactating 19-50 year old
                   9 mg