Iron/Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) / Ferritin
Iron is important for maintaining red blood cell stores and ultimately oxygen delivery to muscles. What is the difference between ferritin and iron - ferritin is not iron but is a protein in the body which contains iron. As ferritin is the main form in which iron is stored in the body the amount of ferritin which is found in the blood reflects the amount of total iron which is available to your body.
Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC) with Differential
CBC evaluates the components that make up blood (red cells, white cell, platelets and plasma) and provides insight in your body's ability to deliver oxygen to your muscles, level of inflammation and current training tolerance. Following an acute bout of exercise, there may be an immune system response resulting in an increase in the white blood cells and platelets. The hematocrit will increase from baseline when you are dehydrated.
Folate, a B vitamin, is necessary for normal function of red blood cells (RBC) and white blood cells (WBC). Dietary sources include green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, seafood, eggs, dairy products , grains, meat and poultry.
Vitamin B12 is important for healthy nerve and blood cells and preventing anemia. Low levels of B12 can cause fatigue, weak muscles and depression. Meat, salmon, milk, cheese, and eggs are food sources of B!2.
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