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The 6 Nutrients You Need Most

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Iron

Key benefits

  • Crucial for proper brain function
  • Boosts energy levels and prevents anemia by helping to produce red blood cells

Best foods

  • 3 ounces cooked lean steak (2.7mg)
  • 3 ounces shrimp (2.6mg)
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (1.6mg)

Daily intake: 18mg

TIP: Iron is harder to absorb from plant sources. Vegetarians should aim for 34mg if they don't take a multivitamin.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2007.

 

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