Up your iron

Iron is needed to make red blood cells and transport oxygen around the body. It also plays a role in producing energy and can help to reduce tiredness and fatigue. This means it’s vital to get enough if you’re exercising regularly and want to get the most from your workout.

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.

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, crayfishclams, cockles and mussels contain this nutrient so can help to boost intakes.


* Ref: Public Health England (2014) National Diet & Nutrition Survey. Results from Years 1-4 (combined) of the rolling programme (2008/2009 – 2011/12).