Iron, an essential part of hemoglobin, aids your blood cells in delivering oxygen to your muscles, brain, and all your other organs. So it’s clear that not having enough can slow everything down and make you feel like shit.
For a lot of women, like we explained, a diet high in red meat just isn’t enough – if your iron levels are chronically low, you’ll need to supplement. Full stop. Any woman who trains as hard as our members do may not be able to out-meat an iron deficiency.
If it’s chronically low, then to get your levels up and *keep* it hovering at optimal levels, you’ll need to supplement quite consistently.
Low iron is, of course, less common in men because they’re not losing blood every month like women. But men who are endurance athletes are at risk for low iron too.