Red meat is a good source of iron and it is in a form that our bodies can easily absorb. Iron supports the formation of red blood cells, normal immune function and contributes to normal cognitive function. Currently, a quarter of females aged 19 to 64 years in the UK have average iron intakes below recommended amounts. Red meat also contains many other important nutrients needed for good health, including protein, zinc, and selenium B vitamins including vitamin B12. Red meat also contributes to vitamin D intakes.