Who needs Iron?

Iron Supplements

It is best to obtain nutrients from food, as nature intended, rather than from supplements.

In some cases, where a blood test has confirmed iron deficiency, a dietitian or doctor may recommend iron supplements. Do not take iron supplements without professional advice.

Why think twice before taking iron pills?

  • Iron pills may reduce absorption of other nutrients.
  • Iron pills can cause unpleasant side effects, such as constipation and nausea.
  • Taking iron supplements without medical advice may lead to iron overload. Keep out of reach of children.
  • A balanced diet of real food is a safe diet, but a pill-centred diet can be risky.
  • Iron in meat is far better absorbed than iron in pills.
  • Meat enhances iron absorption from other foods.
  • Meat is not only rich in iron, but it is also a source of other essential nutrients such as protein, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin D and omega 3 polyunsaturated fat.


Look at your diet to ensure you are getting a wide range of foods, to obtain the essential nutrients, before considering supplements.

Seek advice from a Dietitian or Nutritionist if you need help evaluating your diet.

Eating lean beef and lamb 3 to 4 times per week is an excellent source of iron. Iron pills are no substitute for real food!

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