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How do I increase my blood? (Health query)

Know more about the natural and safer measures to increase your blood cell production.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Published : June 5, 2014 1:58 PM IST

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Hi, I am a 32-year-old woman and my doctor has told me that I am anaemic. I know that it means I have less blood. How do I go about increasing my blood?

Blood comprises of blood cells and various body fluids & it's the red blood cells (RBCs) that can be increased and not the blood. So, when it comes to increasing your blood cell count one can opt for medicines and supplements. But, it needs medical supervision and only after clinical consultation can one go for it. While the other option is the consumption of naturally available fresh foods and vegetables that are not only safe but also exert positive effects on the body's blood mechanism.

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Four foods that help to increase your blood cell production:

Iron rich foods With the consumption of foods rich in iron, you directly aid in the synthesis of hemoglobin that helps in supply and storage of oxygen in the body. The best food sources of iron are beans, dark and green leafy vegetables, dries prunes, lentils, beetroot, almonds, broccoli, red meat, figs, fenugreek and apples.

Vitamin C rich foods Vitamin C is essential for absorption of iron from the foods that we consume and make its available for hemoglobin production. Hence, doctors also recommend that one should always include Vitamin C rich foods in their iron rich diet for quick absorption of iron to body. Sources of Vitamin C are all citrus fruits like guava, oranges, lemon, papaya, etc; dark green leafy veggies like kale, broccoli, peas, etc.

Folic acid rich foods The best sources of foods rich in folic acid are dried beans, nuts, cereals, breads, green leafy veggies like spinach, peas, etc.

Vitamin B12 rich foods With low Vitamin B12 levels, the bone marrow produces immature and abnormal red cells and hence, sufficient quantities of this vitamin have to be included in diet for health production of blood cells. Foods containing Vitamin B12 are dairy products, eggs, fish, fortified cereals, milk, red meat, etc.

In addition to this, including seasonally available fruits, salads and foods rich in vitamin A along with a well-balanced diet can work wonders in keeping you healthy, wealthy and wise with good supply of blood and oxygen.

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