oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Iron status and athletic performance
|Article Title||Iron status and athletic performance|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Sports Medicine|
|Affiliations||1 Research Institute for Nutritional Diseases, Medical Research Council, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg|
|Publication Date||Nov 1999|
|Pages||10 - 11|
|Keyword(s)||Anemia, Blood lactate concentrations, Decreased iron absorption, Dyspnea, Fatigue, Haematocrit, Haematuria, Heart rate, Impair physical performance, Intestinal losses, Oxygen uptake, Palpitations, Restoration of cardiorespiratory function, Serum iron, Sweat losses and Weakness|
Iron is an essential component of the oxygen transportation compounds haemoglobin, myoglobin, and the cytochromes as well as various enzymes. An iron deficiency can lead to impaired haemoglobin synthesis and a reduction in oxygen transport.
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