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Iron Supplements May Help Women With Heavy Periods Lower Risk of Anemia

Women with heavy periods often experience fatigue and depression. A recent study suggests that women with heavy menstrual bleeding could see increases in energy as well as decreases in anxiety and depression by taking an iron supplement.

Participants in the study included 236 women who were being treated for heavy menstrual bleeding. The women were classified as anemic and non-anemic: 27% and 60%, respectively.

At the end of a year of treatment with iron supplements, both groups showed improvements in hemoglobin (red blood cell) levels. The group that was initially classified as anemic still had lower levels than the non-anemic group though.

Of significance is the fact that the initially anemic group had significant improvements in energy as well as decreases in anxiety and depression when compared with the non-anemic group. They also had improvements in functioning both physically and socially.

Researchers from Hyvinkaa Hospital in Finland conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on June 9, 2014, in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

Iron-deficiency anemia can cause fatigue, shortness of breath and chest pain. Severe iron-deficiency anemia can lead to heart problems. If you wish to add more iron to your daily diet, try to eat more lean, low-fat red meats. If you’re a vegetarian or just prefer not to consume a lot of meat, try legumes, lentils, soybeans, whole grains and green leafy vegetables, as they are also great dietary sources of iron.

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