There are all different kinds of supplements these days. At times it may feel overwhelming with the wide array of options that are available for different ages, stages and genders. But which should you be taking? Should you even be taking a supplement? And for what reason should you be taking a supplement?
Now all supplements are to be treated as such; supplements. They are not to be used as the primary source to obtain daily dietary needs. They serve only as a preventative method that is taken to pick up on the shortcomings of our diet should we be unable to capture all the necessary nutrients that our balanced diet ought to provide.
This article will be focusing on Iron supplements.
- What are the Benefits?
- What you could do to achieve these benefits
Before we begin…..
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According to MedicalNewsToday, the benefits of iron supplementation are:
- Better Athletic Performance
- Healthy Pregnancy
Better Athletic Performance
A deficiency in iron for athletes could compromise the level of efficiency that the body is able to transport oxygenated blood to muscles required for physical exertion. This means the athlete will more readily enter a state of anaerobic respiration which could also generate lactic acid in the muscles much more readily. This causes athletes to experience premature muscle fatigue and soreness thus reducing the athlete’s potential output.
This fact is especially true for female endurance athletes.
Even if you’re not an athlete, operating in an iron deficit can leave you feeling slow and lethargic for similar reasons. Having sufficient iron stores can enhance the ability to focus and reduce irritability. We often forget that adequate oxygen support to the brain can also be compromised if there are inadequate iron stores in the body. Even our immune system can be negatively affected.
Optimal intake of iron assists in the production of the additional almost 50% increase in blood volume that is required to support the fetus. If the mother already has low iron stores, the mother’s body ultimately treats the baby as priority and could leave the mother feeling exhausted and unable to fight off infections as efficiently due to a compromised immune system.
When there is not enough iron in the diet during pregnancy, there is an increased chance of premature birth and low birth weight.
What you could do to achieve these benefits
Better Athletic Performance
FP Virgorton Iron and Vitamin Tonic is especially formulated to enhance athletic performance.
In addition to iron, Vigorton contains:
- Niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) which plays a crucial part in energy metabolism
- Vitamin B2 – assists in the breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates and is a necessary component in the conversion of carbohydrates to ATP (the energy currency of the body)
- Vitamin B6 – plays a vital role in brain and nervous system functions
Need an extra boost of energy?
FP Enervite is guaranteed to give you the most effective energy boost of all the FP iron related supplements. If lethargy is as a result of menstruation, you ought to consider FP Iron Liver Vitamins (ILV) which contains Liver concentrate.
To ensure you have adequate iron store for you and your little one, consider incorporating FP Hemafed which comes in both capsule and liquid forms. Both contain a rich blend of Iron and vitamins B1, 2, 6 and 12 to help support you so you can support the healthy development of your baby.
Supplements can function as an effective way to bridge the gap where our regular daily diets fall short. This is why we created a variety of supplements to help meet the mark.
See USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference for foods that can help you meet daily nutrient requirements.