Iron out changes in recommended nutrient intakes
Iron out changes in recommended nutrient intakes. After menopause, women need only 8 mg of iron each day (same as what men need)—that's less than half of the recommended intake of the mineral for women of child-bearing age. Too much iron can be harmful, particularly for people who have hemochromatosis, a genetic condition that causes a buildup of iron in the body's organs. You don't have to scale back on healthy iron-rich foods like lean meats, beans and leafy greens, but if you're taking a multivitamin that includes iron, check to see that it doesn't exceed your recommended 8 mg.