Taking iron suppelements helps, but I would let your doctor make that call on what is right for you. My hematacrit dropped to about 30, which is fairly low. I started eating more red meat, like M&M and have also added iron supplements as part of my bedtime ritual. That brought my hematacrit up to about 42 in about two months. Right now, I know that if I forget to take the Fe for a long period of time, I start getting fatigued much faster, which causes problems while training for a marathon.
One thing that women tend to forget when looking at the RDA's for iron is that we lose iron right blood every month. That's why more women suffer sports anemia then men. We need more Fe to mantain healthy hematacrits, and the RDA doesn't take that into account.
A hint if you start to take Fe. You lose a lot of the potency in the absorption process, espcially if you have something with Ca right before. I take my Fe with 1/4 a vitamin C tablet, that helps the absorption process.
Good luck and healthy running
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