The following table provides the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) for iron in Australia:

Source: NHMRC Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand 2006

Specific iron requirements for athletes participating in different sports are currently unknown. Endurance athletes (particularly runners) are thought to have the highest requirements due to high iron losses. Some studies recommend iron intakes of 17.5 mg/day for male distance runners and 23 mg/day for normally menstruating female distance runners. These intakes are particularly high and may not be achievable especially for females with lower energy intakes.

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