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Iron and sports performance

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Our collaborator Victory Endurance tells us in this article the importance of iron in the nutrition of an athlete and how it affects their sports performance.

In those athletes who carry out high impact endurance activities, such as long distance runners, trail, triathlon, it is frequent that “athlete's anemia"Normally it is a anemia due to lack of iron also called iron deficiency anemia. It is characterized because hemoglobin levels decrease and hematocrit also decreases (it is noteworthy that in athletes we must also look at ferritin levels not only exclusively hemoglobin in the diagnosis of anemia).

Produces a decrease in the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen to cells what produces a increase in cardiac work. Thus, muscles in athletes will not receive enough oxygen to function optimally, causing appearance of fatigue and very negatively affecting its performance.

Solutions to avoid the appearance of anemia

The first thing that we must take into account is to look for the origin of this anemia and thus plan the best strategy to improve the athlete's health. Then, always indicated by a professional, take a iron supplement until the problem returns.

How can we check the Victory supplement, Iron VO2max, is supplemented with Vitamin B12 that influences the production of red blood cells. Another important factor to take into account of the supplement is its content in vitamin C since it increases the absorption of iron. Finally, it is important to note that chelates (as is the case with iron bisglycinate) are the most advisable way to consume an iron supplement, since it presents greater availability and fewer side effects (does not constipate and causes minor gastrointestinal problems). Therefore, the doses may be lower than those of other supplements since it is much better absorbed and does not interfere with other elements.

Remember that before taking any iron supplement, we should check through a blood test the values ​​that influence the appearance of anemia and be advised by a professional before consuming the supplement, since a high consumption of iron supplements can increase the production of free oxygen radicals and promote oxidative stress

Laura Llorente and Belén Rodríguez

Dieters-nutritionists in Tu Gestor de Salud

More information: Victory Endurance


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