Treating anemia with food

 Treating anemia with food

Can anemia be treated with food ?

Anemia occurs in the event that the body does not have a sufficient amount of healthy red blood cells, and there are many types of anemia, where iron deficiency anemia is the most common type. 

This type of anemia can be treated by using iron supplements, which should not be taken except after consulting a doctor, in addition to eating foods rich in iron,Also a deficiency of folic acid and vitamin B12 may affect the body’s ability to form red blood cells. In general; The appropriate nutritional plan for anemia must include the following: 

  • Iron-rich foods. 
  • Foods rich in B vitamins and vitamin C. 
  • Foods that can improve the body's absorption of iron. 

Useful food for anemia 

As mentioned earlier, a healthy diet for people with hypertension includes getting iron and other vitamins, which are essential sources of hemoglobin and red blood cells., in addition to foods that help the body absorb iron better,and among the foods useful for anemia :

Iron-rich foods 

Among the foods rich in iron are: beef, other meats, beans, lentils, iron-fortified breakfast cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, and dried fruits.

Foods rich in vitamin C 

Foods rich in vitamin C help increase the body’s absorption of iron, These foods include: citrus fruits and their juices, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, watermelon, and strawberries. 

Foods rich in folate 

foods high in folate or folic acid; Dark leafy greens such as spinach, broccoli, asparagus, beans, peas, lentils, bananas, and oranges and their juice.

Foods rich in vitamin B12 

Foods rich in vitamin B12 include: meat, poultry, offal such as liver, fish, shellfish, eggs, cereals, some fortified breakfast cereals, and some yeasts. 

Foods recommended to be avoided for anemic patients 

Drinking coffee or tea with meals can significantly reduce the body's absorption of iron, so it is advised to avoid drinking it one hour before or after meal time, and it is also advised to avoid consuming antacids with meals, which may lead to reduced absorption. Iron body, In addition, there are some foods that may interfere with the body's absorption of iron, such as :

  • Milk, and some dairy products. 
  • Whole grains. 
  • Foods containing tannin, such as grapes, corn, and millet (Sorghum). 
  • Foods rich in gluten, such as: pasta and other products made from wheat, barley, rye, or oats. 
  • Foods containing phytates or phytic acid, such as brown rice and whole wheat products. 
  • peanuts, parsley, and chocolate. 

General tips for improving anemia state

In addition to the aforementioned foods that are useful for improving anemia, and the foods recommended to be avoided, the following tips can contribute to improving the anemia state : 

  • Drink enough water; To maintain body moisture.
  • Exercising regularly, and it is worth noting the need for caution when starting to exercise for people who suffer from weakness as a result of anemia, It is best to consult a healthcare provider for safe exercises.
  • For kitchen utensils as the iron particles are suitable for cooking and can be an important source of iron as this material is known to be potentially suitable for iron.
  • Smoking, because smoking increases the rate of smoking, in the event of his illness, influencing his illness, influencing his illness.
  •  Consult a doctor or nutritionist if the person follows a vegetarian diet. And about the vegetarian diet is possible need for nutritional supplementation.
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