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Reduce chances of anemia with these 7 home remedies

Deficiency of iron commonly causes anemia. To increase iron levels for producing the required hemoglobin, natural remedies work best.

Written by Editorial Team | Published : October 7, 2014 5:02 PM IST

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Green leafy vegetables such as spinach (palak), fenugreek (methi) , coriander (dhania) and Malabar spinach (Basella alba) are a great source of iron as well as folic acid that is important for the body, especially during pregnancy. If you suffer from anaemia, make it a point to use these veggies in your soup, rotis, sambar or curries – this is one of the best ways for vegans to increase the content of iron in the diet. Read more about why pregnant woman need folic acid in their diet.

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Pomegranate is a fruit that is rich in iron and also other minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Besides, it also contains vitamin C which helps to improve the absorption of dietary iron and this makes it one of the best natural remedies for anaemia. Eating the ripe pomegranate seeds is the best way to make the most of this fruit; alternatively, you could also make it into a glass of juice and drink it a few times every week. Read more about the health benefits of pomegranate.  Also Read - Pistachios: A Healthy Snacking Option For Moms Of All Ages


Dates are a good source of dietary fiber and antioxidants ; they are also rich in vitamin B complex , vitamin C and an excellent source of iron. This makes them an effective remedy for anaemia. Dates can be eaten fresh or mixed into recipes of laddoos, barfis and cakes or made into a chutney with tamarind and jaggery. Read more about why dates (Khajur) are good for you.

Jaggery Gur

The dark-coloured sugar substitute used in most Indian households, jaggery is an excellent source of iron and regular consumption of jaggery can help improve your haemoglobin levels. Mix in some jaggery into tea or coffee or into breakfast cereal or you could sprinkle a pinch of the powdered jaggery into rasam, sambar and dal. When preparing desserts such as payasam or kheer using sugar, substitute a part of the sugar with jaggery syrup to get the benefits of the iron it contains. Read more about health benefits of jaggery.  Also Read - Heart Failure Vs Cardiac Arrest: Doctor Explains How To Differentiate Between The Two


Shatavari is obtained from the plant Asparagus racemosus, and according to Ayurveda it is considered a good remedy for anaemia. A well-known Ayurvedic drink called shatavari kalpa is available in the form of a liquid as well as granules that can be mixed into milk to give a refreshing drink.


Ayurveda also recommends the use of the plant punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) for the treatment of anaemia. Regular consumption of about 10 ml of the juice of this plant for about one to two months is said to be good for dealing with the symptoms of anaemia. Several formulations of this medicine are also available commercially in the form of asava (a liquid preparation containing alcohol) or as a powder. It is best to consult an Ayurvedic physician before using punarnava or shatavari formulations so as to understand the formulation and the dose that work best for your anaemia. (Image source: Also Read - Silent Heart Failure Symptoms: What Happens Inside Your Body When Your Heart Is Not Working Properly

Fruits Rich In Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays an important role in the absorption of iron from the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, make sure you get enough of this vitamin by eating more of citrus fruits such as oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit and grapefruit; you could also add a dash of lemon juice to your salads and curries to get the benefit of the vitamin C it contains. Read more about the health benefits of vitamin C. .

7 Natural Ways To Treat And Prevent Anemia

Anemia is a condition in which there is a decrease in the amount of haemoglobin or a drop in the number of red blood cells in the blood. This may be due to several reasons with the most common one being a deficiency of iron which is necessary to produce the haemoglobin. Such anaemia is called iron deficiency or hypochromic or microcytic anaemia and is typical in pregnant women , growing children and women with excessive bleeding during menstruation. While iron supplements work well in such a condition, some people may face side effects such as constipation or diarrhoea or nausea and vomiting; in such cases, it is worth trying natural remedies such as the following ones. Read more about tips to increase haemoglobin levels naturally.  Also Read - Top 10 Vitamin B12 Rich Foods To Include In Your Diet