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Iron supplements boost a woman's workout: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Apr. 11, 2014

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Women who take iron supplements see significant improvement when they exercise, a new Australian study says.

Women taking iron were able to perform a given exercise at a lower heart rate and did it more efficiently.

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Women who were iron deficient were more tired and lethargic during their workouts, the study found.

"This was mainly seen in women who had been iron deficient or anaemic at the beginning of the trial and in women who were specifically training, including in elite athletes," University of Melbourne researcher Sant-Rayn Pasricha said in a release about the study, which has been published in the Journal of Nutrition.

He said it may be worthwhile to screen women, and in particular elite athletes, for iron deficiency.

"Athletes, especially females, are at increased risk of iron deficiency potentially, due to their diets and inflammation caused by excessive exercise," he said.

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