What is iron?

Iron is an important mineral which is needed by all cells of your body. The majority of our iron is found in the red blood cells, where it helps carry oxygen throughout the body to the organs and muscles.

Small amounts of iron are lost each day, through shedding of skin, cells and whenever you bleed. As the body is unable to make iron, we need to supply our body with iron from iron-rich foods in our diet.

Iron is essential for:

  • Red blood cell production
  • Healthy immune system to help fight infection
  • Mental function
  • Muscle strength
  • Energy production

Dietary sources of iron

There are two types of iron in food: haem and non-haem iron. Haem iron is only found in meat, chicken and fish, and is easily absorbed. Non-haem iron is found in plant foods, such as vegetables, cereals, beans and lentils, but is not absorbed as well by the body.

Haem iron foods

  • Red meat
  • Poultry
  • Seafood

Non-haem iron foods

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Bread
  • Cereals
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Eggs

Reference: Digestive Health Foundation/GESA. Iron deficiency. Patient information fact sheet. Third Ed 2013. Available at [Accessed September 2019].

important safety information

ferrograd® (dried ferrous sulfate 325 milligrams, equivalent to 105 milligrams elemental iron). ferrograd® C (dried ferrous sulfate 325 milligrams, equivalent to 105 milligrams elemental iron and vitamin C 500 milligrams). Medicine Classification: Pharmacy Only Medicine for the prevention and treatment of tiredness and fatigue associated with iron deficiency. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your doctor. Iron supplements should not be taken for more than 12 months without consulting a healthcare professional. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Dosage: One tablet daily as directed. Tablets should be swallowed whole. ferrograd® is a fully funded medicine. ferrograd® C is an unfunded medicine. You will need to pay for this medicine. ferrograd® is a registered trademark of BGP Products S.a.r.l, Mylan NZ Ltd., Auckland. FER-2019-0007 TAPS DA1927FR-194.