Women are three times more likely to feel fatigued than men.
One in four North American women has low iron or
iron deficiency anemia, characterized by symptoms such as fatigue,
peeling fingernails, hair loss, poor concentration, heart
palpitations, pale skin and dark under-eye circles. So important
is iron to health that even a mild deficiency can affect your
ability to perform everyday mental and physical tasks. And you
do not have to be diagnosed as anemic to feel the effects of
low iron. In a 2003 British Medical Journal clinical trial involving
non-anemic women, iron supplementation dramatically
improved unexplained fatigue.