Iron Absorption, Hepcidin & Calories
Are you feeling ‘stuck’ with low and/or sub optimal iron levels, despite doing all the common right things? Keep reading below!
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I think it is a well known fact that iron is very important for sports performance, right? Iron is especially important to athletes because of its role in processes like oxygen transport and energy metabolism, but it also happens to be an important requisite component of cytochromes and enzymes within the mitochondria, meaning iron is essential for brain development and cognitive performance.
Its no secret that athletes are at an increased risk of iron deficiency compared with sedentary individuals. Low iron stores can have a negative impact on the capacity for oxygen transport, motivation and cognitive functions like concentration and decision making ability.
But this article isn’t really about a deep dive into iron, it is about potential factors that might affect your ability to increase your iron levels. I have worked with athletes who do everything right. They take iron supplements, eat iron rich foods, mix various nutrients for better absorption, etc but still see no progress…
Are you feeling ‘stuck’ with low and/or sub optimal iron levels, despite doing all the common right things? Keep reading below for a bit of background info and some practical action steps!
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