Human Physiology Lab: Faculty Research

How does a prebiotic supplement affect iron status during iron repletion in iron depleted female athletes?

Status: Enrolling

The main objective of this study is to determine the effects of prebiotic supplementation on the iron status of iron depleted female athletes during iron repletion. 

Eligible female athletes will be screened for their Iron status. Iron deficient, non-anemic athletes will be randomized to receive a prebiotic supplement or placebo along with Iron for an 8 week period. Subjects found to be anemic will be excluded from the study and referred to student health services. Information regarding dietary intake (including iron sources), physical activity habits, menstrual cycle, supplement use, and eating habits and attitudes will also be collected.

Diane DellaValle, PhD
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
ddellavalle@marywood.edu