The #1 global deficient mineral is Iron and ironically it is one of the most critical minerals to our existence.
Iron is also found to be low in those individuals who:
Are you training more than 6 hours weekly?
Individuals with low iron levels, female athletes, and athletes and individuals with plant based diets need to supplement with Athlete’s Iron to maintain optimal iron levels. It has been shown that athletes who train for over 6 hours weekly often show signs of iron deficiency anemia, which this type of hourly training is a normal weekend for the Ironman Athlete.
Athletes loose iron via sweat, urine, gastrointestinal bleeding, monthly menses and foot strikes which has been shown to increase the destruction of red blood cells.
Female athletes lose a considerable amount of blood during their monthly menstrual cycles. This can lead to fatigue, a decline in exercise capacity VO2 max; the maximal amount of oxygen the body can use, and reduced energy.
Iron deficiency can lead to anemia which has more severe symptoms including; weakness, general fatigue/exhaustion, decreased exercise performance, increased heart rate and shortness of breath during exercise, headaches, and dizziness.
The ‘patented’ Iron used in Athlete’s Iron™ is called a mineral chelate, clinically proven to be up to 6x higher in efficacy and absorption. The iron is attached to the amino acid glycine which dramatically improves absorption, reducing the gastrointestinal irritation and unwanted reaction with other food nutrients.
In a previous study, Dr Pineda, et al., found NO incidence of any Gastrointestinal complaints in patients given Ferrochel™ dosed at 30mg for 4 weeks.
Athlete’s Iron™ carry’s oxygen to the muscles to enhance performance, reduce recovery times while increasing nutrient delivery to organs at the cellular level. Athlete’s Iron builds the quality of blood and increase resistance to stress and disease.
Iron is found in the red blood cells and plays a role in immune function, cardiovascular health, cognitive development and is a component of hemoglobin, myoglobin, cytochromes and additional cellular muscle enzymes.
All these components are necessary in the transport and metabolism of oxygen for energy required for enhanced endurance performance.
Safety should be a concern when it comes to iron.
Athlete’s Iron™; using Ferrochel™ patented iron, has been rigorously tested for safety and toxicity. Ferrochel™ is far less toxic than other inorganic forms such as iron sulfate, iron fumarate and carbonyl iron and is easier on the gut.
The patented iron chelate in Athlete’s Iron™ doesn’t require any additional metabolic conversion to be absorbed. The previously mentioned inorganic forms require digestion, ionization then chelation to be absorbed more efficiently and effectively.
Athlete’s Iron™ also contains a Gut Friendly prebiotic; organic gum acacia, which is bacteria food to help the good bacteria grow inside the intestines. The GI tract is ‘The Brain’ to the brain. The GI is more important than what we have understood in the past, and more significant to enhancing our performance. The below table elaborates on the benefits of prebiotics.
|1. Increases in Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli|
|2. Production of beneficial metabolites|
|3. Increases in calcium absorption|
|4. Decreases in protein fermentation|
|5. Decreases in pathogenic bacteria populations|
|6. Decreases in allergy risk|
|7. Effects on gut barrier permeability|
|8. Improved immune system defense|
We include MOXiPrebiotics™ for just that reason!
3 Week Iron Optimizing Protocol:
1 capsule daily for 2 weeks
2 capsules daily race week
Take daily or as recommended by a physician
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Katie’s #WisdomWednesday @kp.performance.nutrition ⚠️ Speak to your doctor or dietician before adding any supplement into your routine. Iron is an essential mineral for everyone but endurance athletes are at an increased need for a number of reasons. Two of these reasons are; 🏃🏼♀️Physical activity increases the bodies demand for iron. Being physically active actually increases the number of red blood cells we have, meaning we need more iron for the extra blood cells 🤓 🏃🏾♂️Runners specifically may experience foot strike damage to red blood cells by running on worn out shoes. Research suggests that a minimum ferritin level of 40-50 ng/mL is needed for optimal performance (Ferritin is the blood protein that caries iron). If you feel that you may be iron deficient, meet with your healthcare provider to discuss your iron levels! If you are in need of an iron supplement stop by any Sole Sports location and check out the @moxilife Athletes Iron! . . . . #solesports #shoplocal #katieswisdomwednesday #iron #moxilife #run #runners
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