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Easy ways to get more IRON

Too little of this essential mineral can sabotage your sex drive and leave you feeling tired, stressed and moody. Good news: it’s easy to boost your intake with a few diet swaps


14.8mg PER DAY (Men: 8.7mg)

IF YOU’RE TOO TIRED FOR PASSION and prefer to snuggle up with a box set, or if you find just getting through the day is an effort, it’s time to check your iron levels.

Exhaustion is a telltale sign you may be iron deficient. That’s because iron is vital for making haemoglobin, which carries around your body the oxygen every organ needs to stay energised.

Over a quarter of all women in the UK have iron intakes lower than recommended, and while full-blown iron deficiency anaemia affects only 3% of UK women, sub-clinical anaemia (where you feel worn out but aren’t yet showing clinical signs of deficiency) is far more widespread.

And when everyday chores exhaust you, getting frisky of an evening is going to be the last thing on your mind. This is where diet can help. Meat is a prime source of iron, but there are other sources, too, such as fortified breakfast cereals, dried apricots and cashew nuts. So whether you want to put a spring back in your step or the va-va-voom back in the bedroom, we’ve got the know-how and the menu swaps to help you boost your iron intake.


Animal vs plant sources

Animal sources (haem iron) are better absorbed than plant sources (nonhaem iron), which is why including meat (and red meat) in your diet is beneficial. However, plant-based sources of non-haem iron actually make up the majority of our dietary intake. Sources include wholegrains, vegetables, fruits, pulses and beans, hummus and nuts.

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