Women's Health

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Vitamins, Nutrients and Minerals Every Woman Needs

Iron

Iron

A key component of red blood cells, this mineral can help prevent fatigue and may improve exercise performance.

How much you need: Ages 19-50: 18 milligrams (mg)/day; ages 51+: 8 mg/day

Where to get it: Beans, fortified cereals, beef, lentils, eggs

Warnings: Consuming more than 45 mg/day can cause tissue damage, especially in the heart, liver and pancreas.

 

By Angela Hiatt, published July 19, 2011. Angela is a Montana-based freelance writer and social media editor.