The 4 Superpowers Iron Supplementation Gives You
By Ben Armstrong
The importance of iron can not be understated when it comes to health. Although all human cells contain iron, it’s largely found in red blood cells and is needed for haemoglobin production which aids the red blood cells in transporting oxygen around the body.
Low iron levels (iron deficiency) has side effects such as anaemia, weakness, pale skin and fast heartbeat as well as shortness of breath.
Iron supplementation is vital for maintaining healthy iron levels and avoiding the side effects of low iron. Here are the four superpowers iron supplementation gives you:
Struggle to get out of bed in the morning? Have difficulty concentrating? That all changes with iron supplementation. Iron is a good source of energy and reverses symptoms of low iron levels like irritability and lack of stamina ensuring that you have all that it takes and more to get through the day with the energy needed to perform necessary tasks.
Iron is also heavily present in numerous foods which can all be used to boost energy levels. Check them out here.
2. Athletic performance
Iron has also been shown to improve athletic performance. Iron moves oxygen around the blood and keeps all parts of the body functioning as they should. A lack of iron causes muscles to tire quicker and get injured easier which is a huge detriment when it comes to athletic performance.
3. Boost Immunity
Infections that would often cause others to become ill don’t have the same effect on those with healthy iron levels. Haemoglobin formed by iron plays a pivotal role in sending oxygen to the right places to fight off diseases and infections. This means those with healthier iron levels generally enjoy more time without illness.
The immune system can also be supercharged with vitamin d supplementation.
4. Healthier Sleep
A study published in 2015 showed a link between low iron levels and sleep issues like restless sleep, sleep apnea (serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.) and insomnia. This suggests that boosting and maintaining iron at higher levels reduces the likelihood of experiencing poor sleep on a regular basis.
Other studies have also since confirmed this and concluded that men with low iron levels are more likely to have sleeping difficulties than women with low iron levels.