Basis of Iron

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@ Akron Falls Park

Iron:

  • About 65- 75% of the body’s iron is in the form of hemoglobin
  • Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells
  • It transports oxygen to tissues in the body
  • Iron is also involved to produce body energy
  • Any excess of iron is stored in the body
  • If iron is lacking, the storage of iron is used
  • Once this supply is depleted the formation of hemoglobin is affected

Iron enriched food:

  • To ensure optimum iron, athletes should eat iron-rich meals or snack
  • Iron (red meat, peas, green leafy vegetables and dried fruit)
  • Also vitamin C helps to increase absorption of iron
  • Vitamin C (citrus fruit, tomatoes, strawberries, melon, dark leafy vegetables, potatoes

Don’t:

  • Coffee and tea consumption decrease iron absorption
  • Tea can cause to drop by 60% iron absorption and coffee by 50%
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