Up your iron
Iron makes red blood cells, transports oxygen around the body, plays a role in producing energy and can help to reduce tiredness and fatigue. Women are at particular risk of iron deficiency, which can cause anaemia, the symptoms of which include extreme tiredness and shortness of breath on exertion – not great news if you’re keen to start exercising more often to help control your weight.
According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey*, 23% of women aged 19-64 have extremely low intakes of iron, so are at risk of a deficiency. Great news then that several shellfish including brown crabmeat, crayfish, clams, cockles and mussels contain this nutrient so can help to boost intakes.
* Public Health England (2014) National Diet & Nutrition Survey. Results from Years 1-4 (combined) of the rolling programme (2008/2009 – 2011/12).