Although this isn’t normally the primary complaint that I see in practice, it is one that many patients complain of. It’s fatigue. The general sense of ‘tiredness’ or ‘lack of energy’ that affects a lot of people. Many of these patients will tell me it’s not a lack of sleep. Many of these people claim they are getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night, however, they can’ t get away from the feeling of tiredness.
A recent study from the University of Geneva and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, is suggesting that women who complain of fatigue, but who are not anemic, could benefit from iron supplements. The study included 198 women from the ages of 18-53. 102 of the women were given daily iron supplements and the remaining 96 received a placebo pill. The women were monitored for 12 weeks and the results were compared.
The biggest difference the research found was in fatigue. Interestingly enough, even the group taking placebo pills also reported improvements in fatigue. This group reported a 29% reduction in fatigue. However, the group given the actual iron pills reported a 48% reduction in fatigue. “Our key findings are that iron supplementation can improve the feeling of fatigue in nonanemic women,” said study author Paul Vaucher, a neuroscience doctoral student at the University of Geneva.
Asked why iron may be effective for combating fatigue in women with low iron, but not anemic, levels, Vaucher said, “The benefits we observed might not be explained by the effects on blood stores alone.”
“Recent neuroscience research suggests that fatigue could be due to the lack of iron in brain tissues, and might be completely independent of iron blood stores,” he explained. This is a fascinating twist on the role of iron in human nutrition. To think that iron could actually affect and alter brain physiology means we need to better appreciate the affect of nutrition/supplements on health, mood and energy.
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