I have been told that women need to take iron supplements if they are training for middle distance events; is this true?
You need to make sure you meet the recommended daily allowance, but try to get this through your diet rather than supplements by eating more iron-rich foods. Lean red meat and dark poultry are considered excellent sources of iron.
It's a fact that many women steer clear of red meat due to its fat content, but by choosing lean cuts you can meet your iron requirement while still maintaining a low-fat diet. Vegetarian runners will be able to get a good source of iron from lentils and iron-fortified breakfast cereals.
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