The Importance of Iron

Iron is important for many functions in the body. Perhaps most importantly, iron is integral to carrying oxygen in the blood. Athletes are sometimes at a higher risk than non-athletes for iron deficiency. Get more information by reading the following: Iron and Athletes.


Beard, J. and Tobin, B. Iron status and exercise. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;72(suppl):594S–7S.

Peeling, P., Dawson, B., Goodman, C., Landers, G., and Trinder, D. Athletic induced iron deficiency: new insights into the role of inflammation, cytokines, and hormones. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2008;103:381-391.

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