Iron for Vegan Athletes

Iron deficiency is the most common deficiency for athletes, and is something you need to be particularly careful with if you are a female endurance athlete, or a runner. Distance runners are thought to have an 70% greater need for iron. High-impact exercise (especially the foot striking the ground in running), ruptures red blood cells. Iron is also lost during intense endurance activity through sweating. Female athletes have greater iron loss due to menstruation. Continue reading