Iron deficiency in female endurance athletes

  • Roslynn Van Schoor
Keywords: iron deficiency, female athletes


Iron is an essential micronutrient that performs multiple functions in the human body. If our diets do not contain sufficient iron, we may develop iron deficiency. A lack of iron can be damaging to health and is linked to poor exercise performance. Female endurance athletes are at a higher risk of developing iron deficiency than other athlete populations due to menstruation, the iron losses caused by exercise and the inadequate intake of iron-rich foods. Iron supplementation and dietary modification can help to prevent and treat iron deficiency in female endurance athletes.

Women's Health