5 Reasons Why Women Need Iron

Iron rich food for anaemia
5 Reasons Why Women Need Iron

Generally speaking, having a healthy level of iron is crucial for women of all ages, sizes and backgrounds. When a female body experiences iron deficiency, she will immediately cave in to fatigue, anxiety, focus loss and other more serious complications.

Women are particularly susceptible to iron deficiency when compared to men primarily because we lose blood on a monthly basis, beginning from our teenage years. When the amount of iron is not monitored or sufficiently replenished, complications such as anemia 2 or IDA could occur.

What is Iron?

Iron is an essential mineral required by the body to function optimally. They are the enabler for oxygen transportation throughout the body, while also playing a role as an important component of the haemoglobin. Without iron, the body's ability to produce healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen will be greatly reduced.

Listed below are the 5 reasons why women need iron on a daily basis!

Prevent Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA)

Iron Deficiency Anemia or IDA affects a quarter of the world’s population! As implied by the name, IDA is a condition caused by the lack of iron, and this gradually results in the body's inability to produce the important components in red blood cells to carry oxygen. This could lead to severe fatigue, heart complications, or if one loses too much blood too quickly, may face fatal, life-threatening problems that could lead up to death.

Improve Hiking Ability and Stamina

As the consumption of iron helps in preventing fast heartbeats, fatigue and shortness of breath, frequent travelers - especially hikers and adventure seekers, can expect nothing short of an action-packed and excitement-fueled trip. Before planning your next exhilarating escapade, be sure to take your daily dose of iron supplements!

Ensure Healthy Pregnancies

Having low iron levels during pregnancy will not only affect mothers, but can also lead to premature delivery and low birth weight, potentially putting both the mother and baby at multiple threatening risks. With sufficient availability of iron, oxygen can be seamlessly transported from the mother's lungs to the rest of her body - including that of her fetus.

Prevent Brittle Nails

Annoyed with constantly having to deal with rough, splitting nails? Nails that are weak and easily cracked are the most common sign of iron deficiency. Another sign of iron deficiency is spoon-shaped fingernails - where the center and edges of the nails are raised to resemble the shape of a spoon.

Prevention & Solutions

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for women differs according to age groups. Refer to the list below as reference:
  • 9 to 13 years: 8 mg
  • 14 to 18 years: 15 mg
  • 19 to 50 years: 18 mg
  • 51 years and older: 8 mg
  • During pregnancy: 27 mg
  • When lactating between 14 and 18 years of age: 10 mg
  • When lactating at older than 19 years: 9 mg

Healthy Foods That Are Very High in Iron
Examples of iron rich food as demonstrated by Malaysia's Chef Sara Khong.

One of the Best Iron Supplements in Malaysia

I was recently invited to the MEGA We Care Iron Feast Day at Bangsar Shopping Centre. The education-based event aimed to raise awareness on IDA and its symptoms, while officially launching two of its products: Ferrovit and Fenza. Organiser Mega Lifesciences abides by world-class manufacturing standards as approved by the Thailand Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), as well as the German Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

Foods high in iron
Ferrovit and Fenza: One of the best iron supplement in Malaysia

Ferrovit is a 3-in-1 iron supplement suitable for patients with anemia or pregnant women displaying anemic symptoms. Each vanilla-flavored softgel capsule contains Ferrous Fumerate, Folic Acid and Vitamin B12, and should be taken twice daily after meal - best without milk, tea or coffee. For more information, click here. (Price: RM20/50 capsules)

Fenza is a softgel capsule made up of 19 different vitamins and minerals best consumed by pregnant and lactating mothers for prenatal or postnatal nutrients. Contents include Ferrous Fumarate, Beta-carotene, Vitamins E, D3, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Pantothenic acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Iodine, Copper, Biotin, Tuna Oil and DHA, and the recommended dosage is one capsule per day accompanied by a meal. For more information, click here. (Price: RM48/30 capsules)

Both products are available at all leading pharmacies nationwide.


  1. what is actually IRON stand for? I never eat any supplement, because I'm a bit scared becuase there are some medicine that I allergic with it. I'm using bio oil during my pregnancy to reduce the stretch marks

  2. Bio oil is a great help externally, but having internal enforcement could ensure a healthy pregnancy as well! Thanks for sharing!


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