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Diet for Anemia

What is Anemia?

Anemia is one of the most common public health concerns, prevalent in women. A healthy diet is a prerequisite for any anemic patient. Deficiency of Iron is one of the major reasons for anemia. Therefore, it is important to include foods that are not only rich in Iron but also rich in Vitamin B12, folic acid and copper.

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Anemia is caused when the number of red blood cells or the concentration of hemoglobin in the blood is low. Hemoglobin is a protein inside the red blood cells & it helps transportation of oxygen to different parts of the body. Decrease in hemoglobin levels in the blood can leave you with symptoms of fatigue, irritability, faintness, shortness of breath, pale skin & nails, numbness, etc.

Anemia can be easily prevented by making certain diet changes. It is important to include foods that are not only rich in Iron but also rich in Vitamin B12, folic acid and copper. Include foods that are alkaline in nature and make your diet balanced and nutritious. Your diet should include fresh fruits & vegetables, which also ensures ample supply of dietary fibers.

We are providing the necessary food recommendations for Anemia.

Recommended Foods:

  • Meat, poultry, oysters and fish are rich sources of iron and Vitamin B12, and are good for iron deficiency anemia.
  • Other foods rich in iron include spinach, fenugreek leaves, beetroot, watercress, kale, nuts, peanut butter, beans, lentils, sesame seeds, eggs, green leafy vegetables, beans and pulses beans, multi grain bread, corn flakes, bran flakes, oatcakes, honey, banana, peaches, prunes and raisins, apricots, prunes, currants, figs, molasses, apple And dates,
  • Vitamin C is necessary for absorption of iron. Make sure to take vitamin C by eating fruits such as orange, amla (Indian gooseberry), tomatoes, pomegranate, etc.
  • Miscellaneous – plain (dark) chocolate, cocoa powder, mango chutney (pickle/cold sauce), cherries in syrup, gingernut biscuits, pastries, curry powder

Foods for Moderate Consumption:

Peas, asafetida, black gram, sesame-cakes, alcohol, chillies, salt, sour and heavy food.

Foods to Avoid:

  1. Reduce/eliminate chocolates, caffeine and alcohol intake as both can affect hormone functions.
  2. Completely avoid or limit fried foods and refined sugar.
  3. Avoid drinking tea with meals as this can actually reduce the amount of iron that is absorbed.
  4. Raw wheat bran can also interfere with the absorption of iron so this should be avoided.

Home Remedies:

  • Ripe Mango with milk
  • Beetroot juice is an excellent home remedy for anemia.
  • Fenugreek leaves help in formation of blood.

Dr. Vijaykumar S. Kamat

Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.

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