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Not Enough Iron Drains Endurance

Women who have too little iron may be short on endurance as well, even when they do not have full-blown anemia, new study findings suggest. It does appear that getting enough iron helps solve the problem, as modestly iron-depleted women who were given iron supplements were able to make greater fitness gains. Iron supplements can, however, cause side effects such as abdominal pain, nausea, constipation and diarrhea, so your best bet if you need more iron is to eat red meat, spinach or other iron-containing foods according to your nutritional type. Please note that it is typiclly only menstruating women or children who are low in iron--it is very rare for adult males to have a need for iron. In fact, excess iron is a major cause of disease for men.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition March 2004;79(3):437-43

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