Iron is an important nutrient for athletes, given that it is
used for oxygen transport and energy production.
However, research on athletes often reports a relatively high
prevalence of iron deficiency. Common symptoms of low iron status
like lethargy, fatigue and negative mood states are naturally of
concern to athletes. But there is also the potential for low iron
to directly impact work capacity. Therefore, maintaining adequate
iron status (and knowing the signs of iron deficiency) is crucial
for athlete health and performance.
In this episode, Professor Pete Peeling of the University of
Western Australia discusses the role of iron in performance, iron
deficiency in athletes, the impact of exercise-induced
inflammation, and other important issues.