Iron is one of the oldest and most well-known micronutrients. Iron is the key element in the metabolism of almost every living organism on the planet. In the human body, iron is a key ingredient of hundreds of proteins and important enzymes. It has many vital functions in the body, including oxygen transport and storage, electron transport, energy metabolism, acting as an anti-oxidant, as well as DNA synthesis.
You need iron to breathe!
Well for starters, it is a major component of hemoglobin, the protein in your blood that carries oxygen and carbon dioxide in your blood stream. Without adequate amounts of iron, you will notice very quickly that you have less energy, higher heart rate, and rapid breathing. Having enough oxygen during your workout is crucial to your health, let alone your training!
Iron gives you energy!
Iron is directly involved in your metabolism at the cellular level, and is necessary for cellular energy production through their role in mitochondrial electron transport in addition to the detoxification and metabolism of pollutants and drugs. e all need more energy at the gym!
It is an antioxidant!
Iron cleans up and protects your body from excess hydrogen peroxide in your blood stream by converting it to water and oxygen. Hydrogen peroxide is produced naturally during basic metabolic processes by your cells, but is speeded up during exercise.
Make sure you're getting enough iron by checking out this infographic by our friends at LiveLoveFruit