What is Anaemia?
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A deficiency of folic acid can lead to a type of anemic condition. This is characterized by having red blood cells that are impaired in their abilities to carry oxygen, which leads to a slow and chronic deprivation of oxygen to all of the cells of your body.
An Anemic condition, which means " lacking in blood ", is among the most common diseases affecting
human beings. It denotes a shortage of rich red blood cells and colouring matter and usually
results from consumption of refined foods.
The blood flowing in our veins and arteries is really living tissue. Nearly half of it consists of red
blood cells which carry oxygen to the tissues. Approximately one trillion ( 10,000 million ) new
blood cells are formed in the bone marrow daily.
The raw materials required in the production of
these cells are iron, proteins, and vitamins, especially folic acid and B12.
The red colouring matter, called haemoglobin is a protein which is composed of an organic
iron-compound called "heme". The globin is a sulphur -bearing protein which makes up 96 per
cent of the molecule. The formation of haemoglobin thus depends on adequate dietary supplies
of iron and protein.
Red cells have a lifespan of approximately 120 days and are destroyed and
replaced daily. Each person should have 100 per cent haemoglobin or about 15 grams to 100 cc
of blood, and a blood count of five million red cells per millimeter.
A drop in the hemoglobin
content results in anaemia and a consequent decreased ability of the blood to carry oxygen to
The bone marrow replaces small amounts of blood is lost due to some reason without making a person anemic. But in cases where considerable amount of blood flows in small amount of time as a result of an injury due to a serious example for instance, it may not be possible for bone marrow to replace RBCs so quickly resulting in anemia.
Signs & Symptoms of Anaemia
Mild anemia usually does not produce symptoms.
More severe anemia is associated with:
A haggard look, with lines of strain, premature wrinkles, grayish skin, and dull and tired looking
eyes are the main symptoms of anaemia.
Other symptoms of Anaemia include poor memory, weakness,
dizziness, fatigue, lack of energy, shortness of breath on exertion, slow healing of wounds,
headaches, mental depression, pale fingers, lips and ear lobes.
The patient with Anaemia usually complaints of weakness, easy fatigue, lack of energy and dizziness.
Also skin, gums, and nail beds that are pale.
Other symptoms of worsening anemia include:
• lightheadedness, especially when you change positions, for example, when you stand up
• fast heartbeat
• shortness of breath
• chest pain.
• Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes) may be a symptom of hemolytic anemia.
Signs of Pernicious Anemia are fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders (particularly diarrhea), and partial loss of coordination in the fingers, feet and limbs.
There may be a loss of appetite, and the skin can have a pale or flushed look about it. In severe cases of anemia this can lead to eventual death.
Other symptoms of a folic acid deficiency include: mouth sores, metabolic changes, and increased chance of birth defects and problems with the mucosa membranes.
Types of Anaemia
Anemia is a blood disorder that is defined as: • having fewer red blood cells than normal, or • having less hemoglobin than normal (hemoglobin is the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen).
When there are not enough red blood cells or there is too little hemoglobin, the blood is not able to carry enough oxygen to all parts of the body.
There are several forms of anemia, such as:
• iron deficiency anemia
• hemolytic anemia
• vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia
• folic acid deficiency anemia
• anemia caused by inherited abnormalities of RBCs (for example, sickle cell anemia and thalassemia)
• anemia caused by chronic (ongoing) disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
In fact there are over 400 different forms of anemia; however, in this article we will focus on the most common forms, iron deficiency anemia, B12 deficiency and folate deficiency.
What Causes Anaemia?
There are two principal causes of anemia. It can result from reduced or low formation of red
blood cells either due to defects in the bone marrow or an inadequate intake of iron vitamins,
Heavy loss of blood due to injury, bleeding piles and heavy menstruation may also
cause anemia. A lack of digestive acid of hydrochloric acid needed for digestion of iron and
proteins may also result in anemia.
Emotional strain, anxiety and worry usually interfere with
the manufacture of hydrochloric acid in the body. Anemia can also be caused by a variety of
drugs which destroy vitamin E or by others which inactivate the nutrients needed in building
blood cells. Chronic diseases such as tuberculosis, when accompanied by hemorrhage, may
also result in anemia.
HOOK WORM INFECTION
Other little-known causes of anaemia are intestinal parasites or worms. Hookworm, pinworms,
round worms and tapeworms feed on the blood supply as well as on the vitamins.
hookworms can consume fifteen grams of blood every 24 hours; a tapeworm can cause acute
shortage of vitamin B12.
Symptoms of intestinal worms are itching at the rectum, restlessness at
night with bad dreams, diarrhoea, foul breath, dark circles under the eyes and a constant desire
for food. Garlic can help get rid of some types of intestinal parasites.
Fresh papaya and grated
raw carrot are also effective. After successful treatment for intestinal worms, perfect cleanliness
should be observed to prevent recurrence.
Hook worm infection is found in women who go barefoot in tropical areas. The hookworm enters their body through their bare feet and finds its way to the intestines.
Wearing shoes would prevent this problem. Treatment includes an anti-parasitic as well as an oral iron source taken for 5 months.
FOLIC ACID DEFICIENCY
Approximately 26% of pregnancies are complicated by a lack of folic acid. Folic acid is needed in order for the body to make normal red blood cells in bone marrow.
Adequate amounts of folic acid can be obtained by eating a diet that contains liver and other organ meats as well as green vegetables or supplementation may be from 0.5 mg to 5 mg daily.
Recent research has concluded that a deficiency in folic acid can cause neural tube defects in babies. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that all women who have previously given birth to a baby with spina bifida take 4 mg of folate daily before and during pregnancy.
That is an extremely high dose, available only with prescription. The U.S. Public Health Service recommends that all women of childbearing age increase their folate level to 0.4 mg per day.
This is a severe form of folic acid deficiency which may occur when the hemoglobin falls below 7 g/dl. Usually these women will fail to respond to iron supplementation prior to being diagnosed with this problem.
A positive response is usually seen shortly after treatment with 5 mg of folic acid 5 times per day until 6 weeks postpartum.
Some suggest 4 mg folic acid and 0.5 mcg vit. B12.
A severe form of anemia caused by a deficiency of vitamin B12. The number of red blood cells decreases with this disease due to a failure of the bone marrow to produce them.
It is thought that it is inherited and comes about due to an inability of the stomach to secrete a substance that is necessary for the absorption of vitamin B12. It is most often found in people over the age of 30.
Symptoms might include weakness and gastrointentestinal problems, a yellow hue to the skin, sore tongue and tingling in the extremities, nerve deterioration, diarrhea and loss of appetite may occur. It can be fatal.
SICKLE CELL DISEASE
Sickle cell disease is most commonly found among people from tropical Africa or the West Indies. It is an inherited trait.
The red blood cells take on a sickle shape and clump together to prevent adequate circulation. During the last trimester of pregnancy the woman may experience severe iron deficiency and have jaundice, hematuria, bone pain and possibly a pulmonary thromboembolism.
Treatment may include high doses of folic acid and a blood transfusion if her Hgb is below 7. Wounds may not heal well and the fetus is at risk of hypoxia during labor.
How do the different forms of anemia occur?
Iron deficiency anemia:
This most common form of anemia results from not having enough iron in the blood. Iron is the main component of hemoglobin. Iron deficiency anemia may be caused by a lack of iron in the diet or a loss of blood.
Pregnant women may have this form of anemia because the baby uses the mother's iron to make red blood cells and to grow. Women lose blood during their menstrual periods and from repeated pregnancies.
Another cause of blood loss may be internal bleeding in the stomach (as with ulcers) or in the intestine (as with colon cancer).
This kind of anemia occurs when red blood cells are destroyed or damaged by infection, drugs, or inherited conditions.
Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) deficiency anemia:
This type of anemia results when the stomach or intestines have trouble absorbing vitamin B-12. For example, an immune system disorder called pernicious anemia prevents normal absorption of the vitamin by the intestinal tract.
Stomach or intestinal illness, some medicines, and some inherited disorders may also cause vitamin B-12 deficiency. Some vegetarians may not get enough vitamin B-12 from the foods they eat.
Besides causing anemia, a lack of vitamin B-12 affects the nervous system and may cause symptoms of numbness, tingling, balance problems, depression, or memory problems.
Folic acid deficiency anemia:
Anemia due to a lack of folic acid in the diet is similar to B-12 deficiency anemia, but there is no damage to specific nerves. However, it can cause depression. Not having enough folic acid in the diet can also cause birth defects. This anemia is common in:
• pregnant women
• people whose intestines have problems absorbing nutrients from food
• people using some daily medicines, such as phenytoin, sulfasalazine, and possibly birth control pills
• alcoholics, who often suffer from malnutrition.
Anemia caused by inherited problems with red blood cells:
THALASSEMIA MAJOR OR MINOR
Women from the Mediterranean area and South East Asia are the most likely candidates for this problem which is inherited. It occurs despite adequate iron in the blood. Treatment includes supplementation with folic acid and possibly blood transfusions.
The baby may suffer from hemolytic anemia and hydrops. If the mother has Thalassemia major she will be more likely to develop pre-eclampsia, have a low birth weight baby, fetal distress and fetal wastage. Thalassemia minor does not respond to iron therapy but causes no systemic problems. It needs to be differentiated from iron deficiency anemia as excess iron intake can occur that is harmful.
The most common types of inherited problems that cause anemia because the red blood cells are abnormal are sickle cell anemia and thalassemia.
Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease that causes abnormal, sickle-shaped red blood cells. Sickle cell disease is most prevalent among people who are African, African American, Mediterranean (Italian or Greek), Middle Eastern, East Indian, Caribbean, and Central or South American. The abnormal RBCs are damaged or destroyed as they pass through the circulatory system.
Treatment includes injections of Vitamin B12 and a very nutritious diet along with desiccated liver and supplementation with a B complex vitamin. Because folic acid can mask the effects of pernicious anemia, supplementation of this nutrient needs to be kept very small.
Anemia caused by disease:
Some of the ongoing (chronic) diseases that may cause anemia are:
• rheumatoid arthritis
• ongoing infections
• kidney disease.
Did you know that Iron Deficiency Anemia affects about 20% of the world's population? It is also the most common type of anemia caused by inadequate dietary intake or absorption of iron.
Teens get anemia as they grow rapidly the amount of iron intake may not be enough to keep up with the pace of the growth as it needs more nutrients in this process. In the case of girls they need more iron after puberty and are at risk due to heavy blood loss during menstrual periods.
The anemia causes many symptoms. It can cause a condition called sickle cell crisis. The crisis may occur under certain conditions such as altitude or pressure changes, low oxygen, or some illnesses. In sickle cell crisis the RBCs become even more deformed and block tiny blood vessels, causing severe, prolonged pain and other complications.
Thalassemias are a group of inherited anemias caused by abnormal hemoglobin. The abnormal hemoglobin may cause abnormal red blood cells as well as low hemoglobin levels.
Thalassemias most commonly affect people of Mediterranean descent, but some types also affect peoples of Africa, Asia, India, and the South Pacific. Most forms of thalassemia are mild, but some forms cause life-threatening disease in children.
Follow your health care provider's instructions. Take your medicine as prescribed.
The prevention of anemia depends on the cause. If your anemia is caused by a deficiency in your diet, eating foods rich in the missing nutrient will help to prevent a recurrence.
To prevent the complications of vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia, follow your health care provider's treatment of vitamin B-12 injections.
If you have sickle cell disease, it is important not to get dehydrated (that is, not to lose too much body fluid) during hot weather, exercise, or illness. Dehydration can trigger a sickle cell crisis. Genetic counseling is important for families with inherited anemia.
When to seek Medical Advice:
Your health care provider will carefully review your symptoms and examine you. You will have a complete blood count (CBC) to confirm anemia and to see how severe it is. You may need other blood tests to determine the type of anemia.
A complete blood count will separate the red cells and give a read-out for hemoglobin and hematocrit. The normal lab range for non-pregnant women is 12-16 g/dl and for the pregnant woman, 10-14 g/dl.
The current standard definition for anemia is a hemoglobin below 11 g/dl. Pregnant women commonly have a decrease in their hemoglobin of about 10% due to the blood volume expansion.
The treatment depends on the type of anemia you have. You will have follow-up visits with your health care provider to check your blood count and the effect of your treatment.
Iron deficiency anemia:
To treat iron deficiency anemia (if there is no underlying disease causing blood loss), your health care provider will simply prescribe iron supplements and/or a diet of foods rich in iron.
Iron tablets may have side effects such as abdominal cramps; nausea; constipation; and dark, hard stools.
To lessen side effects, your health care provider will start you on a low dose of iron and slowly increase your dose to the necessary amount. He or she may suggest that you take vitamin C with the iron pills to help your body absorb the iron. Taking the iron at mealtimes can help prevent stomach and intestinal upset.
Do not take antacids and do not eat or drink any dairy products at the same time you take the iron pills. Antacids and dairy products prevent the body from absorbing iron.
Only rarely are iron shots needed.
Vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia: If you have this form of anemia because your stomach does not absorb vitamin B-12 well, the usual treatment is a shot of vitamin B-12 once a month. In some cases your health care provider may prescribe an oral tablet.
Folic acid deficiency anemia:
The treatment for folic acid deficiency anemia is daily oral folate tablets. This anemia is similar to vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia . You should not start taking folate supplements until your health care provider has made sure you do not have vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia.
Anemia caused by inherited abnormalities of RBCs:
Sickle cell anemia usually requires frequent treatments. Sickle cell crisis requires IV (intravenous) fluids, rest, pain relief, and sometimes a blood transfusion.
The treatment for thalassemia depends on such factors as the severity of the anemia, your age, and the risk of blood transfusions. When blood transfusions are needed for acute anemia, there is a small risk that you will get a blood-borne disease such as hepatitis or AIDS, even though donated blood is carefully screened.
For this reason, your health care provider will recommend a transfusion only when it is clearly the best treatment for you. People who have thalassemia must not take iron tablets.
Anemia caused by chronic disease:
Fortunately, the effects of this type of anemia usually tend to be mild. For certain conditions, such as chronic kidney disease, your health care provider may prescribe regular shots of erythropoietin. These shots cause your body to make more red blood cells.
How long will the effects last?
The symptoms of mild, easily treated anemias, such as iron deficiency anemia, respond quickly to treatment and improve in just a few days.
The symptoms of chronic anemias, such as sickle cell anemia, come and go. Anemia associated with a chronic disease usually improves or worsens as the disease improves or worsens.
A cold water bath is among the most valuable curative measures in anaemia. The patient should
be given carefully graduated cold baths twice daily.
Cold friction, hot epsom salt bath for five to
10 minutes once a week and an occasional cabinet steam bath are also recommended. Full
sun baths are especially beneficial as sunlight stimulates the production of red cells.
There are other important factors which are helpful in curing anaemia. Deep breathing and light
exercise like walking and simple yoga asanas should be undertaken to tone up the system.
Sarvangasana paschomittanasana, uttanpadasana and shavasana are recommended. Massage
also helps to keep the blood level high.
Self Care strategies for Living with Anaemia
Prevention is important because many cases of iron deficiency anemia can be avoided through good nutrition and life style.
Because folic acid is effective at treating anemia it is sometimes prescribed by doctors to treat anemia symptoms caused by other conditions.
Interestingly folic acid was first discovered because a Dr. Lucy Wills noted that a substance in Brewer’s Yeast appeared to correct the condition of anemia in pregnant women. This substance was folic acid.
The primary cause of a folic acid deficiency is poor diet, but currently governments in the U.S., Britain and other countries are requiring that foods be fortified with folic acid or folate as it is sometimes called.
This fortification greatly reduces the chances that someone in these countries will develop a folic acid deficiency and the ensuing anemia. Foods that are fortified with folic acid are, breakfast cereals, some grain products and wheat flour.
For most types of anemia, supplementation of a ferrous product and/or folic acid will be given during the maternity period and postpartum as well as dietary guidance for ingestion of iron rich foods. In sever cases, blood transfusion may be necessary.
Treatment includes injections of Vitamin B12 and a very nutritious diet along with desiccated liver and supplementation with a B complex vitamin.
Because folic acid can mask the effects of pernicious anemia, supplementation of this nutrient needs to be kept very small.
The following are some home remedies that are considered and proven effective in the treatment of anemia:
• You may not believe this but cooking in iron pots is one effective home remedy for anemia. In doing so, you will be able to intensify the amount of iron in the food that you are cooking.
• If you are a coffee lover, try to reduce drinking coffee because it decreases iron absorption.
• Green leafy vegetables and other foods rich in iron
Green vegetables like spinach, okra, broccoli, and lettuce are some of the great sources of iron.
Including any of these vegetables in the diet regularly can guarantee steady supply of iron that the body needs to prevent the occurrence of anemia.
Sesame seed mixed with milk is a anemia-prevention concoction that is easy to prepare. Simply soak a teaspoon of sesame seeds in warm water, grind, strain, mix with a glass of milk and put honey or sugar.
Meat is one great source of iron. Fruits like orange, cantaloupe, and strawberries are also iron-rich sources.
Other home remedies:
Treat Anemia with Parsley:
Parsley is an herb which can be used dried or fresh. It is used as a home remedy and also very good for cooking, and as a breath refreshment. The parsley has vitamins and minerals and is very good for digestion, gas and more.
• Make a tea from the parsley leaves by putting them in hot water. You can add sugar to make it taste better. Drink a few times a day to treat the anemia.
• Make a salad with green vegetables and add some parsley as well.
Treat Anemia with Apples:
Apples are sweet or sour fruit. The apples can be consumed fresh, cooked, as a hot drink, cold drink, as a jam, roasted, in alcohol drinks and more.
The apples are very good as home remedies and also for cosmetics and aromatherapy.
• Eat fresh apples every day to help treat the anemia.
• Take 3 apples, put in a blender with 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of sugar and drink. you can also add some other fruit.
• Cook apples in warm water, wait until they are soft, mash and eat.
Treat Anemia with Dates:
Dates are a very sweet fruit. The dates can be eaten dry or moist as a jam, fresh, as a wine drink, for cooking and more. Dates are a very good home remedy.
• Put one date in a glass on hot water wait for a few hours and drink the water after they are cool.
• Eat a lot of dates they are very good for anemia.
While anemia is considered as a serious disorder; it is a good thing to know that there are many home remedies for anemia that are proven effective. You can always stay away from anemia the natural way.
Diet change strategies:
1. Eat Foods that are Rich in Iron
The best food sources of iron are wholegrain cereals, pulses and legumes, and fish. The best plant sources are green leafy vegetables such as dry lotus stems, cauliflower greens, and turnip greens; fruits such as black currants, watermelons, raisins, and dried dates.
However, irons from these foods are hard for the body to absorb. It is recommended that you eat animal products, which contain heme iron.
If you mix some lean meat, fish, or poultry with beans or dark leafy greens at a meal, you can improve absorption of vegetable sources of iron up to three times. Foods rich in vitamin C also increase iron absorption.
2. Cook Using Cast-Iron Cookwares
Did you know that cooking in cast-iron cookwares can add significant amounts of iron to your food and into your body? Yes, it's true and this was proven by researchers who tested 20 foods.
Acidic foods that have higher moisture content, such as applesauce and spaghetti sauce, absorb the most iron. In fact, for 100 grams of each (about 3.5oz.), the applesauce increased in iron content from 0.35mg to 7.3mg, and the spaghetti sauce jumped from 0.6mg to 5.7mg of iron.
Food cooked for longer periods of time absorbed more iron than food that was heated more quickly. Foods prepared with a newer iron skillet absorbed more iron than those cooked in an older one.
Foods that were cooked and stirred more frequently absorbed greater amount of iron because they came into contact with the iron more often. Foods such as hamburger, corn tortillas, cornbread, and liver with onions won't absorb much iron due to the shorter cooking times.
This list was provided so you can have general idea of the difference in dietary iron content when cooking in a cast-iron pan:
Foods Tested (100g/3.5oz) = Iron content when raw = Iron content after cooking in iron skillet
- Applesauce, unsweetened = 0.35mg = 7.38mg
- Spaghetti sauce = 0.61 = 5.77
- Chili with meat and beans = 0.96 = 6.27
- Medium white sauce = 0.22 = 3.30
- Scrambled egg = 1.49 = 4.76
- Spaghetti sauce with meat = 0.71 = 3.58
- Beef vegetable stew = 0.66 = 3.4
- Fried egg = 1.92 = 3.48
- Spanish rice = 0.87 = 2.25
- Rice, white = 0.67 = 1.97
- Pan broiled bacon = 0.77 = 1.92
- Poached egg = 1.87 = 2.32
- Fried chicken = 0.88 = 1.89
- Pancakes = 0.63 = 1.31
- Pan fried green beans = 0.64 = 1.18
- Pan broiled hamburger = 1.49 = 2.29
- Fried potatoes = 0.42 = 0.8
- Fried corn tortillas = 0.86 = 1.23
- Pan-fried beef liver with onions = 3.1 = 3.87
- Baked cornbread = 0.67 = 0.86
3. Avoid Whole Cow's Milk on the First 12 Months of Life
Whole cow's milk contains as much iron per liter as breast milk, but only a very small proportion is actually absorbed into the body.
However, the iron in breast milk is very well absorbed by babies. Therefore, breast milk is one of the best sources of iron for baby providing all the iron needed (with all other nutrients and benefits) for the first 6 months of life.
breast-feeding is the best way to prevent iron deficiency anemia in babies. If breast-feeding is not an option, or is stopped before 9-12 months, then iron-fortified formulas, which contain added iron, should be given to baby instead of whole cow's milk.
Things to Remember:
* Chronic blood loss, times of increased need such as pregnancy, and vigorous exercise can trigger iron deficiency.
* Don't take iron supplements unless advised by your doctor.
* There are two types of iron: heme iron (found in animal foods) and nonheme iron (found in plant foods). Combining foods that are high in heme iron with nonheme iron foods boosts the absorption power.
* Keep iron supplements away from children - as little as one to three grams can kill a child under six years.
Anaemia is much more easily prevented than corrected. A liberal intake of iron in the formative
years can go a long way in preventing iron-deficiency anaemia.
Diet is of the utmost importance in the treatment of anaemia. Almost every nutrient is needed for
the production of red blood cells, haemoglobin and the enzymes, required for their synthesis.
Refined food like white bread, polished rice, sugar, and desserts rope the body of the much
Iron should always be taken in its natural organic form as the use of inorganic can
prove hazardous, destroying the protective vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids, causing serious
liver damage and even miscarriage and delayed or premature births.
The common foods rich in
natural organic iron are wheat and wheat grain cereals, brown rice and rice polishings, green
leafy vegetables, cabbage, carrot, celery, beets, tomatoes, spinach ; fruits like apples,
berries, cherries, grapes, raisins, figs, dates, peaches and eggs. It has been proved that a
generous intake of iron alone will not help in the regeneration of haemoglobin. The supplies of
protein, too, should be adequate.
The diet should, therefore, be adequate in proteins of high
biological value such as those found in milk, cheese and egg. Copper is also essential for the
utilisation of iron in the building of haemoglobin.
Vitamin B12 is a must for preventing or curing anaemia. This vitamin is usually found in animal
protein and especially in organic meats like kidney and liver. A heavy meat diet is often
associated with a high haemoglobin and high red cell count, but it has its disadvantages. One
cause of anaemia is intestinal putrefaction, which is primarily brought on by a high meat diet.
Moreover, all meats are becoming increasingly dangerous due to widespread diseases in the
animal kingdom. There are, however, other equally good alternative sources of vitamin B12 such
as dairy products , like milk, eggs and cheese, peanuts. Wheat germ and soyabeans also
contain some B12. Vegetarians should include sizeable amounts of milk, milk products and eggs
in their diet.
For prevention of anaemia, it is essential to take the entire B-complex range which includes B12,
as well as the natural foods mentioned above. Eating lacto-avo products, which are complete
proteins, and which also contain vitamin B12 is good insurance against the disease. Brewer’s
yeast is a good source of complete protein.
A liberal intake of ascorbic acid is necessary to facilitate absorption of iron. At least two helpings
of citrus fruits and other ascorbic acid rich foods should be taken daily.
Mention must be made of beets which are extremely important in curing anaemia. Beet juice
contains potassium, phosphorous, calcium, sulphur, iodine, iron, copper, carbohydrates, protein,
fat, vitamins, B1, B2, niacin B6, C and vitamin P.
With its high iron content, beet juice
regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells, supplies the body with fresh oxygen and helps
the normal function of vesicular breathing.
Vitamin & Nutrient Associations
In addressing anemia it is important to know its cause, so talk to your doctor and ask him/her to run a blood test to evaluate your health and help you to determine what type of anemia you may have.
Excessive iron can be toxic to the body, so do not take iron supplements without first talking to your health care provider.
Eat a well balanced diet which includes a variety of whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Avoid drinking coffee, tea, beer or cola drinks with your meals. They can significantly lower iron absorption. Instead, drink citrus juices or supplement with vitamin C. Vitamin C has been show to help support the body’s ability to absorb iron.
Take a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement to support any nutritional deficiencies that may be found in the body.
Herbs such as Tang Kuei, dandelion, barley greens and alfalfa are all great sources of vitamins and minerals.
The herb yellow dock is a natural and organic source of iron as is blackstrap molasses.
Panax ginseng can be used to help counteract the fatigue experience by those who suffer from anemia.
If your anemia is associated with a B12 deficiency or folic acid deficiency, supplement with a complex B vitamin. Folic acid needs the catalysts vitamins B12 and B6 to carry out its functions effectively.
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