Young women with iron-deficiency


When an otherwise healthy young women says that she is anemic, usually refers to iron-deficiency anaemia. Iron deficiency is relatively common in young women (its main causes are heavy periods and pregnancy). This deficiency must be solved, because iron is used to produce red blood cells, which help store and to transport oxygen throughout the body; they also remove carbon dioxide from the body, transporting it to the lungs for to be exhaled. So, it has an important function. In these cases, it is generally recommended the intake of red meat.

However, as it has been observed, an increase in oily fish consumption, compared to an increase in red meat intake, not only achieves the same results in parameters as oxidative status (the form in which molecules react with oxygen) and glucose metabolism, but increases insulin sensitivity and the “good cholesterol” in young iron-deficient women. That is to say, oily fish consumption produces better results than red meat intake. And this should be considered when giving dietary advice to young women with iron-deficiency.