Nutritional anemia is caused by the absence of necessary substances for hematopoiesis. Thus, the amount of hemoglobin in red blood cells is diminished. Red blood cells carry oxygen to tissues, and represent about half of the blood flowing through veins and arteries. Every day, about 100 million blood cells are formed in the bone marrow.
The raw materials needed to produce new red blood cells (erythrocytes) are: iron, protein and vitamins, especially folic acid and vitamin B12. Of these, iron and proteins are the essential building blocks of the blood pigment called hemoglobin.
The average lifespan of a red blood cell is 120 days, after which it is destroyed and replaced. Each person should have between 12-15 grams of hemoglobin in his blood per 1DL (varies by sex, age and other factors), and in the bloodstream about 3.5 – 5 million red blood cells in a milliliter of blood. Low hemoglobin and red blood cell values lead to iron deficiency anemia anemia signs and symptoms.
Natural Anemia Remedies
1. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is needed to prevent and also treat anemia. This vitamin is found mainly in proteins of animal origin from kidney and liver. Another good source of vitamin B12 is represented by dairy products.
Beets also comes to help patients with anemia because beet juice contains potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, iodine, iron, copper, carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamin B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6 and vitamin P. Due to its high iron content, beets helps in the formation of red blood cells.
Beetroot juice strengthens the body, giving strength and endurance, it is an appropriate remedy especially for children and adolescents, when conventional iron deficiency anemia treatment fails.
Fenugreek leaves help withe the blood formation process. Fenugreek leaves are recommended especially in teenagers who are increasingly affected by anemia due to the menstrual cycle. Fenugreek seeds can be also very useful for treating iron deficiency anemia as they are rich in iron.
This vegetable is very effective in treating anemia because they rich in iron, so they are a good tonic for anemia. The iron from lettuce is easily absorbed by the body.
This leafy vegetable is a valuable source of iron, which helps prevent and treat anemia. Once iron is absorbed by the body, it helps in the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells.
6. Non-GMO Soybeans
Soy beans are high in iron and protein. Most patients who suffer from anemia and also accuse digestive problems, so eating soy milk can be of real help as it is easily digested.
Almonds contain copper 1.15 mg to 100 mg. Copper when couplet with iron and other vitamins perform as catalyst for the synthesis of hemoglobin, so almonds are considered a very useful remedy for treating anemia symptoms. For an effective treatment it is usually recommended that minimum seven almonds to be soaked in water for about two to three hours. Almonds are then peeled and grinded until a paste is formed. This paste should be used once each day for about three months.
8. Sesame seeds
Black sesame seeds are also a valuable source of iron, so they are very effective not only in treating but also in preventing anemia. A teaspoon of seeds are left to soak for twelve hours in a glass of hot water, after which they are put in a cup of milk. Sugar can be also added. The paste that results must be consumed for about 2 months each day.
Honey is extremely effective because it helps produce hemoglobin. This feature is due to iron, copper and magnesium found in abundance in honey.
10. Other foods
Here are other foods that are rich in iron and are effective in treating anemia: bananas, plums, red grapes, strawberries, raisins, onions, pumpkin, carrots, radishes, tomatoes and celery.
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Guest Post by: Riciu Andrei is a 6th year medical student who believes in natural and complementary medicine.