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Iron is a mineral that is a component of a number of proteins, including haemoglobin in the blood, and it plays an important role in transporting oxygen around our body. Iron is also found in muscles and enzymes involved in our metabolism.

Sources include

  • Chicken, pork, fish
  • Dried fruit
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Lentils and beans
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Red meat and offal (such as liver)
  • Wholegrain cereals

Benefits of iron

Benefits of glossary

  • Red blood cell formation
  • Immune function
  • Energy production in muscles

Eating foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruit, helps iron absorption when you consume them with iron rich foods, while other foods such as tea and coffee can reduce it. Ask your healthcare professional for advice if you are concerned about increasing iron in your diet.

SUSTAGEN Hospital Formula contains iron.

  • 1 serve of SUSTAGEN Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 3.6 mg of iron.
  • This represents 30% of the recommended dietary intake (RDI).



Consume as part of a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula and SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula Plus fibre are a formulated meal replacement and cannot be used as a total diet replacement. SUSTAGEN® Collagen, SUSTAGEN® Everyday and SUSTAGEN® Ready to Drink are Formulated Supplementary Foods which can be of assistance where dietary intakes of nutrients and energy may not be adequate. SUSTAGEN® OPTIMUM™ is a Food for Special Medical Purpose, specially formulated for medical conditions where nutritional needs cannot be met through diet modification alone. Must be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional. SUSTAGEN® Sport is a Formulated Supplementary Sports Food which must be consumed in conjunction with a nutritious diet, not as a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with an appropriate physical training or exercise program. Not suitable for children under 15 years of age or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. The advice given here is intended as a general guideline only and is not intended to replace the advice of a healthcare professional. Nutritional supplements can only be of assistance where dietary intake is inadequate. Please seek advice on your individual needs from an Accredited Practicing Dietitian or your healthcare professional.