Being a woman and taking part in sport: specificities to be taken into account

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Being a woman and taking part in sport: specificities to be taken into account

Not so long ago, an American doctor attested to the fact that women have physiological limits. His thesis claimed that a woman's anatomy and emotions made her unfit to drive a car! Today, this doctor's thesis has fortunately been more than refuted. Since there are very few disciplines, including those considered physically and mentally challenging, that are not practised by women. Of course, spirulina is good for both athletes and sportswomen, but the following is essentially about the benefits of spirulina for sportswomen. In women, iron and vitamin B9 status is compromised by a specificity and habit unknown to men: menstruation and oral contraceptives.


Of course, we won't go into the debate surrounding oral contraceptives here. We will simply point out that their consumption tends to deplete vitamin B9 reserves. Among other things, this vitamin enables cell multiplication and the production of red blood cells, two vital actions that are particularly important during sporting activities.


Menstrual loss, on the other hand, exposes women to iron deficiency. Blood is the body's largest reservoir of iron, and blood loss means iron loss. But when you're an athlete, in addition to these losses, there are also those induced by the exercise itself, notably micro-traumas causing microbleeds in the digestive tract, or simply the increased use of iron in the metabolisms of exercise. As a result, sportsmen and women, and especially sportswomen, are more prone to iron deficiency. Iron is essential for the formation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the muscles. So, one of the main signs of iron deficiency is a lack of energy, which is incompatible with the practice of sport!

Consumption of spirulina, which is naturally rich in iron and vitamin B9, is therefore particularly recommended for sportswomen, to ensure that their intake is in line with their needs. If a proven iron deficiency is diagnosed, consuming iron-enriched spirulina right from the cultivation stage can also be a good alternative to the treatments usually offered.

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