Anemia is a condition in which the number of healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin in your body becomes too low, which in turns leads to oxygen deprivation in your blood. Hemoglobin is the iron-rich protein that gives your blood its red color. To fully understand this, you need to know that the red blood cells or hemoglobin are responsible for carrying oxygen to the blood tissues, so when there is a deficiency, the cells in your body will not get enough oxygen. Anemia can also be measured by the amount of protein (hemoglobin) within your red blood cells which carries oxygen from your lungs to the body tissues. Some of the common symptoms of Anemia are shortness of breath, dizziness or headaches. Anemia can be life threatening only when it lasts too long, which can result in damage to your heart, brain, and other organs in your body.
Two factors determine the causes of anemia, which are a decrease in the production of red blood cells and increase in the destruction of red blood cells. Some of the factors that decrease the production of red blood cells are hypothyroidism, inadequate dietary intake of iron, vitamin B-12 or folate and inadequate stimulation of red blood cells production by the hormone erythropoietin, which is produced by your kidney. On the other hand, some of the factors that destroy the production of red blood cells are cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), fibrosis, hemorrhage from childbirth, menstruation, excessive uterine bleeding and disorder of the liver and spleen. In this article are some of the most Effective Home Remedies for Anemia
Causes of Anemia
Iron Deficiency Anemia:
This is by far one of the major causes of anemia, which is due to the shortage of iron in the body. The blood needs iron in other to produce red blood cells and most women who don’t get iron in their diet tends to have heavy menstrual periods. Iron deficiency anemia may also lead to dizziness, loss of appetite and abdominal pain.
Folate deficiency anemia
Folate deficiency anemia is the decrease in red blood cells due to the lack of folate. Folate is a type of B vitamin known as folic acid, which can be gotten from eating green leafy vegetables and animal liver. Since the body does not store folate in large quantities, it is recommended that you eat folate in large quantity
If you are suffering from Anemia, it’s recommended that you take iron supplements like ferrous gluconate, iron gluconate, iron chelate and iron picolinate, which are easily digested by the body and are less likely to irritate your stomach. Women who tend to lose blood every month through menstruation should take at least 15 milligrams daily. But after menopause, these women have no need of the supplements again. Before taking the iron supplement, it’s advised you check with your doctor in order to determine if your anemia is caused by iron deficiency.
Iron Rich Foods:
Iron can also be found in plants and meats, but the ones found in meats are easily absorbed than once found in plants. By eating foods rich in iron, you’re certain you are getting enough iron. Some of the food rich in iron are whole grains, such as barley and oats; beans and peas; seeds and nuts; more especially sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans and almonds, pistachios, pecans, and almonds; and vegetables such as Swiss chard, beetroots, apple, and kale.
- Juice of Beetroots and Apple: I find this juice very effective in the cure of Anemia. Beetroots is a rich source of iron and about one cup of sliced beetroots contains 1.1 mg of iron, which fulfills about 6% of your daily intake of iron. Apple is also rich in Iron. Using your Juicing machine make a juice of apple and beets. Feel free to experiment on which proportion works best for you. Have this juice at intervals.
- Sesame seed: As mentioned above sesame seed is one of the strong foods to treat anemia because of its rich source of iron. I feel the urge to elaborate more on how to use sesame seed for the treatment of anemia. All you need to do is soak the sesame seeds in water for about two hours, then strain the mixture and crush the seeds to make a paste. You can add honey to the mixture. Take this twice daily.
Blackstrap Molasses for Anemia:
Blackstrap Molasses is a natural occurring form of folic acid and also high in iron. Blackstrap Molasses is known to be an excellent source of B vitamin. It also acts as a gentle laxative and can be also used by people suffering from diabetes due to its low glycemic index. To use blackstrap molasses, simply mix it with water, stir thoroughly and drink. You can add a little vinegar to the mixture
Eating Liver for Anemia
Liver is also an excellent source of B vitamin also known as folic acid. It is a rich source of B12, phosphorous, zinc and copper and most importantly it is rich in iron. The iron gotten from animals is called heme iron. This type of iron is easily absorbed than that found in plant-based foods, also known as non-heme iron. Liver is a great source of iron which is one of the most important nutrients your body needs if you are suffering from anemia. The liver can provide about 16 to 85% of the daily iron requirement. If you are want to get more iron from liver, then you should go for chicken liver. Raw chicken liver contains about 9 mg of iron while beef liver contains about 5 mg of iron.
Spinach for Anemia
Spinach is one of the vegetables used in the treatment of anemia. Spinach is rich in Vitamin A, B9, C, E, beta-carotene, and calcium. It is very important you boil your spinach before consumption because they have oxalic acid which might interfere with your body absorption of iron. Boiling for even a minute can reduce the oxalic acid. A half cup of spinach is known to have about 3.2 mg of iron – which is about 20% of the daily iron requirement.
Dates Remedy for Anemia
Dates is another fruit worth considering because of its high iron and copper content. Copper is known to help in the production of red blood cells. 100 g of dates contains 0.90mg of iron, which also helps in increasing the amount of hemoglobin in your blood. They are also rich in some important minerals like calcium, manganese, copper and magnesium. Dates can be consumed in many ways. One of the ways I eat dates is to soak them in a cup of warm water for about 2-3 hours, strain and drink the resulting solution. Else, you can eat a handful of dates first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and drink a glass of milk afterward.
Parsley for Anemia
This article wouldn’t be complete if I don’t include parsley. Parsley is also high in iron and folic acid which helps in the production of hemoglobin. It is also rich in vitamin C which is said to help your body absorb iron well
Foods that allows for easy absorption of iron
Vitamin C (500 mg daily)
- Vitamin C is known to be acidic and helps in the absorption of iron in plants. To get a good dose of this, it’s recommended that you drink a glass of lemon water before each meal. Alternatively, you can take vitamin C supplements of about 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams with each meal
Tomatoes to Cure Anemia
- I’m recommending tomatoes not because they are not rich in iron but they help the body in absorbing iron. They provide the body with vitamin C and Lycopene, which is needed by the body to absorb iron.
Diet Plan for Anemia
The major point made in this article is to inform you that foods rich in iron and folic acid can help treat anemia while foods rich in vitamin C can help your body absorb iron more. Having a well-balanced diet can help ward off Anemia completely. Caffeine, beer, and other carbonated drinks should be avoided. These types of foods generally block the absorption of iron by the body.
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