How can I get enough iron?
The human body needs iron for a lot of reasons. Most of the iron in our body is found in our blood. It is part of the red pigment in blood and helps the blood to carry oxygen. As a result, more severe cases of iron deficiency are often associated with tiredness and exhaustion. People who eat a balanced diet can normally get enough iron that way. Most foods have (usually very small amounts of) iron in them, contributing to our overall iron intake.
The recommended daily iron intake for women is generally 15 milligrams (mg). Men need less iron: Their recommended daily iron intake is 10 mg. Women need more iron because they lose iron during their monthly period.
According to the German Nutrition Society (DGE, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung), pregnant women need 30 mg of iron per day in order to provide for their baby. After the baby is born, they need about 20 mg of iron per day to refill the iron stores that were depleted during pregnancy and childbirth.