Teens of all genders are at higher risk than other age groups of iron deficiency, in part due to increased iron needs during those growth spurts. For teenage girls, who’ve started their periods (typically between the ages of 10 and 16), that also means losing iron each month.
In October 2021, reports suggested that 56% of girls aged 11-18 in the UK do not consume enough iron, with the recommended daily iron intake for women and girls aged 11-50 being 14.8mg.
Teen girls who have adopted a vegan or vegetarian diet should especially make sure they’ve added enough plant-based sources of iron to their diet. Iron-rich foods include pulses and legumes (such as beans, peas and lentils), red meat, and fortified breakfast cereals. See more supplements vegans need to consider adding to their routine here.
And, while there’s no substitute for a balanced diet, it may also help to take an iron supplement.
A convenient catchall is taking a multivitamin tailored specifically to the needs of teenage girls. Nature’s Truth Teen Girl tablets contain a blend of nutrients specially formulated for children above the age of 13, which includes vitamins B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, and biotin, alongside calcium, iron, and magnesium.
The best supplements for adult and pre-menopausal women
A woman’s potential child-bearing years last from the end of puberty until the menopause, around age 50. If you’re pregnant, trying for a baby, or could get pregnant, it’s recommended by the NHS that you take a 400 microgram folic acid supplement daily (and until you’re 12 weeks pregnant). This helps to prevent conditions in babies such as spina bifida.
But whether or not you’re a parent or have caring responsibilities, as an adult woman, it can be easy to feel as though looking after yourself is something you don’t have time for.
The best natural health insurance anyone can have comes via a balanced diet and regular exercise. However, it might also be worth considering a women’s multivitamin, such as Nature’s Truth Women’s Multivitamins & Minerals.