Iron is an essential mineral for our health. Iron is needed for oxygen transport and storage, energy production, and protection against free radicals. It regulates cell growth and is a structural component of many proteins and enzymes.
Iron balance is determined by losses and dietary intake. Many women suffer from iron deficiency, or anemia, because they don’t eat enough iron dense foods, plus lose iron during menstruation. Many runners and marathon runner suffer from iron deficiency due to foot-strike hemolysis during impact exercises. For these reasons it’s extremely important that we add iron rich foods to our diet.
Iron deficiency develops in stages over time. By the time a person is anemic, both their storage form of iron and blood iron levels cannot meet their daily needs.