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A couple of months ago I posted about the importance of dietary iron for women, so I thought it only right that I now balance things up and explain the importance of iron levels in men too, so here goes –
It is generally recommended that men get their iron from food, and not from supplementation. This is because men absorb iron quite efficiently, without much risk of iron loss. So although getting enough iron is essential, unlike women it’s easier for men to absorb and store it, so getting too much can be more of a problem.
Everyone needs iron to help the body’s transportation and storage of oxygen, and in addition iron assists in cell respiration whilst helping the immune and nervous systems. However, men who take in too much iron increase their risk of cancer and heart disease, since too much iron produces cancer causing free radicals that damage DNA and cell membranes. The cancer then feeds off the iron, and the more the body has, the more the cancer will thrive. The free radicals also contribute to the development of heart disease, and men with excess iron are more at risk of a heart attack.
It is therefore a good idea for guys to have their iron levels checked as part of any annual physical check-up with a G.P.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Men is 8 – 10mg for optimal health and good natural sources include – Liver, Beef, Turkey, Bran, Green Beans, Dried Fruit, Peas, Oatmeal, Egg Yolks, Potato and Brown Rice.