Feel like hibernating? Iron could be the fatigue-fighting dynamo you need to kickstart the new year
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If you’re feeling like your new year is starting less with a bang and more with a whimper, then a lack of iron could be your missing dynamo.
The signs can be subtle: a tiredness that won’t go away, feeling irritable or finding it hard to concentrate.
Iron is an essential mineral we need along with vitamin B12 to make haemoglobin, which helps carry oxygen around the body.
If you’re feeling like your new year is starting less with a bang and more with a whimper, then a lack of iron could be your missing dynamo
Without enough haemoglobin, our muscles and tissues don’t get enough oxygen to work effectively, leaving us fatigued no matter how much we sleep, and sometimes dizzy or short of breath.
We should be able to get all the micronutrients we need from a balanced diet but it’s getting harder, leaving some of us more susceptible to iron deficiency.
A new analysis of the mineral content of fruits and vegetables in the UK over the last 80 years shows that iron levels have declined by a whopping 50% since 1940.
If you cut iron-rich foods like red meat and poultry from your diet for Veganuary and start to feel unusually tired, it could be a sign that you’re missing out on iron.
Young women, pregnant women, people who donate blood frequently or anyone with a poor diet is more likely to be iron deficient. If you’re trying to conceive it’s also important to have sufficient iron. In addition, some gastric conditions can make it difficult for our bodies to absorb iron from food.
Feeling tired is often considered a normal part of a modern, busy lifestyle, so it can be all too easy to overlook what’s really going on.
Ironically, consuming large amounts of tea and coffee to feel more stimulated can end up inhibiting our bodies’ ability to absorb the iron we really need.
‘Tiredness was really affecting me,’ says Julie Gadsby, 59, from Essex. ‘I work as a receptionist in a fast-paced environment at the local hospital and sometimes wondered how I would get through the shift.’
Then Julie saw an ad for Iron+, an innovative iron and vitamin B12 supplement from FutureYou Cambridge, known for its science-backed nutritional products.
Unlike many other supplements, Iron+ is made with an organic, gentle-on-the- stomach source of iron made from fermented koji cultures, a fungus commonly used in Asian cooking to make miso or sake.
This natural, slow-release source of iron helps the body to maintain optimal iron levels without overloading it all at once, avoiding the unpleasant side effects and metallic taste of many other iron supplements.
‘I thought I may as well try them,’ says Julie, ‘I read that it had helped other customers so I wanted to see if the supplements could help. I felt so much more like me within six weeks.
‘I work four days a week and before, on my day off, I had no energy to do anything else. Now I feel so much more energetic, and am happier for it. Even my daughter has noticed the difference. I’m so glad I decided to give Iron+ a try, I haven’t found anything else that works as well for me.’
A recent Health Manufacturers’ Association ‘Health of the Nation’ survey revealed that almost half of Brits (49%) were unaware that a lack of iron can lead to anaemia, despite the rising numbers of vegetarians across the country.
Over 10% of the UK adult population is now vegetarian, with a further 600,000 of us now opting for a vegan diet, with no sign of this lifestyle choice slowing down.
Vegetable sources of iron like kale and spinach are harder for our bodies to absorb than iron from meat. To make up for it, vegetarians and vegans need an estimated 1.8 times greater daily intake of iron than meat eaters.
But hectic schedules mean that many of us don’t have the time to shop for and prepare fresh meals with lots of veg every day.
Sara Pearce, 40, from Peterborough, noticed the difference after only taking Iron+ for five days
‘After about three months of becoming vegan I was feeling mentally and physically exhausted all the time,’ recalls 40-year-old Sara Pearce, a demand planner and amateur runner from Peterborough.
When Sara decided to go vegan last year, her friends advised her it might be a good idea to supplement her diet with extra iron and B12. But with a busy lifestyle she’d never got round to looking into it until she felt the effects.
‘I talked to my running coach and he asked me how my iron levels were. It was only then that I thought back to the advice I had been given when I changed my diet.’
Sara had recently seen the vegan-friendly Iron+ online and decided to give it a try.
‘It was incredible,’ she says. ‘After just five days I felt so different, much more like my old self. The Iron+ supplements helped me massively.’
Iron+ also contains methylcobalamin, an active form of vitamin B12, another essential vitamin for vegans to help keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and contribute to normal energy levels.
The NHS advises: ‘If your diet isn’t planned properly, you could miss out on essential nutrients. Vegetarians need to make sure they get enough iron and vitamin B12, and vegans enough calcium, iron and vitamin B12.’
Mark Wishart, 45, from St Ives in Cambridgeshire, had a similar experience to Sara after he decided to eat a more plant-based diet.
Mark, 45, had started to experience more tiredness than usual but feels much more energised since trying Iron+
A busy managing consultant for a recruitment agency, Mark is keen on keeping fit. But he started struggling with much more tiredness than usual until a friend suggested he take an iron supplement. Mark was already a customer of FutureYou Cambridge and decided to try Iron+.
‘I definitely feel so much more energised since taking Iron+, which is a relief,’ he says. ‘It’s the only new thing I have recently added into my routine and it’s made a major difference to me.’
If you’re concerned that you have symptoms of iron deficiency, you should talk to your doctor. A lack of iron in your diet can be easily treated, either by a change in diet or by a supplement.
Many people notice a difference after a week or so, but it can take longer. Normal iron levels aren’t restored overnight and you may need to take iron supplements for several months.
Adam Cleevely, the CEO of FutureYou Cambridge says: ‘Many people won’t be aware they’re lacking in iron and may just feel under the weather, especially at this time of year.
‘That’s why we’re giving customers an opportunity to try Iron+ for free – they simply need to pay £1.50 to cover the cost of postage. As a result, many of our customers are telling us they’re rediscovering their zest for life.’
*Iron contributes to normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin and oxygen transport in the body. Both iron and vitamin B12 contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
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