How To Treat Anemia

Anemia is a condition whereby your red blood cells are low.  There are many types of anemia; the most common type of anemia is iron deficiency anemia. Healthy red blood cells are the main part of haemoglobin in your blood which transports oxygen to enable your body function properly.

Therefore you should include more iron rich foods in your diet.

Symptoms of Anemia  

-Fast heart beat

-Shortness of breath

-Headache

-Cold hands and feet

-Hair loss

-Pale skin

-Constant fatigue

-Tiredness

These Are Some Of The Best Home Remedies To Treat Anemia

1. Vegetables

Vegetables increase your intake in green leafy vegetables as it contains high amounts of chlorophyll which is rich in iron. Green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, radish greens, lettuce, kale, sweet potatoes, etc can be consumed on a regular basis to help treat anemia.

2. Beetroot

Beetroot are rich in folic acid, minerals, vitamin C, iron and it is also a great blood builder. It helps in increasing the iron levels by reactivating the red blood cells which increases the supply of oxygen to the body. Drink beetroot juice everyday for a healthy blood.

3. Raisins

They are rich in iron and vitamin c, also it gives instant energy. Raisins help to boost iron levels thereby preventing anemia and keep your bones strong. They also contain antioxidants and antibiotics that help to fight infections in the body. Eat a handful of raisins everyday to cure anemia.

4. Vitamin C

Also known as ascorbic acid. These help your body to absorb iron, boost immune system and reduce the risk of anemia among people that are prone to iron deficiency. Eat foods that contain vitamin C such as strawberries, oranges, red peppers, tomatoes, grapefruit etc.

5. Beans

Beans are source of protein, iron and fiber. They contain amino acids, antioxidants and several vital nutrients  which the body uses to make new tissues such as skin, hair, muscle, protect the body from disease by fighting free radicals  and make healthy blood cells.

6. Drumstick Leaves

Drumsticks leaves are rich in vitamin A, C, calcium, iron and magnesium that helps to cure anemia. It helps in purifying the blood and proper functioning of our organs. The high amount of iron and calcium in drumstick play a major role in increasing stamina and developing healthy bone structure.

Take a blender and add washed drumstick leaves and one cup of water, then blend to a juice consistency. Strain the blended juice using a strainer and bowel, transfer this juice in a cup and drink, you can add lemon or honey to it for great taste.

7. Food Rich In Copper

Copper helps to form haemoglobin or red blood cells. It helps your body to absorb iron. When copper levels are low, your body may absorb less iron in which the body may be unable to carry enough oxygen to its tissue.

This can make you feel weak easily, lose pigment from your skin, joint pains, weak bones and thyroid problems, etc. Foods rich in copper are sea foods, dark chocolates, salmon, avocado, chickpeas, mushrooms, oysters, cashews, etc.

8. Vitamin B12 and Folate

Vitamins are very important to our body, lack of vitamins can cause anemia and other chronic diseases. Vitamin deficiency anemia can occur if you don’t get enough foods that contain vitamin B12 or vitamin C, folate, or if your body does not absorb these vitamins. Foods that are rich in vitamin b12 and folate are sardines, liver, fortified cereal, fish, legumes, eggs, seeds and nuts, etc.

9. Figs

Figs are high in iron and can improve your haemoglobin levels, platelet count and hematocrit [packed cell volume]. Figs are packed with nutrients that allow our body to meet dietary requirements which helps us to stay away several ailments. It is recommended to eat 2-3 figs per day.

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