Are you suffering from anemia? If you are, you are certainly not alone because anemia affects about 20% of the world’s population. Women especially are prone to anemia, but a good number of men suffer too. The severity of this condition can range from slight to severe. Uterine fibroids, pregnancy, menstruation, disease or other conditions may cause this condition, but your doctor can provide a sure diagnosis. But what exactly is anemia? And are there effective home remedies for anemia?
Decreased Red Blood Cells Can Result In Anemia
It’s important to remember that anemia is not a disease but a symptom of a condition. There are many types of anemia, but the most common is anemia due to a decrease in red blood cells, hemoglobin, or both. Did you know that blood is approximately 75% hemoglobin? Since your hemoglobin carries oxygen throughout your body, you can see why this condition can cause all kinds of problems if it’s not treated.
The symptoms of anemia due to a decrease in red blood cells include chronic tiredness, heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, and even ridges in the fingernails. I used to be severely anemic due to uterine fibroids, and I had a strange, crazy craving for cornstarch. Other people may crave pickles, corn, carrots, paper, and other odd things. This craving is known as PICA (Yes, it has a name!) This explains why many pregnant women crave such odd combinations of food such as pickles and ice cream.
Once you have been diagnosed with anemia, what can you do to help the situation and gain your health? There are many effective home remedies for anemia, and I’ve listed them below. Many of them were helpful to me, and I hope they may prove to be useful to you too.
1. Liquid Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is one of the most amazing foods on the planet. It has even been termed “nature’s blood transfusion” because its molecular structure is almost identical to hemoglobin. So chlorophyll helps to do the job of hemoglobin, increasing oxygen utilization by the body. It helps to replenish your red blood cells and boost your energy almost immediately, and this is a blessing to those who have decreased energy due to anemia. Where can you purchase this dark green miracle in a bottle? You can buy this product from your local health food store or even online.
2. Blackstrap Molasses
Molasses contains lots of iron, and this mineral is important for those suffering from anemia. It’s very easy to add blackstrap molasses to your diet to help with the intake of iron. Be sure to eat foods containing a good amount of vitamin C with your molasses to help your body absorb it better. A tablespoon of blackstrap molasses once or twice a day is all you need. If you don’t like the taste, pour some in hot water with lemon, drizzle it over fruit or yogurt, or mix it with juice. Some even like it drizzled over ice cream for a unique flavor.
3. Vegetable Juice/Smoothie
Certain vegetables detoxify the blood and are loaded nutrients and vitamins that are critical to those suffering from anemia. They assist the body to recover and deal with anemia and offer special hydration benefits. What veggies are the best? Tomatoes, beets, leafy greens, carrots, celery, bell peppers, broccoli, okra, parsley, squash, and yams are all good selections.
Throw in bananas, apples, prunes, dates, figs, purple grapes, and raisins for added nutrition and flavor with just the right amount of sweetness. There are a variety of ways to enjoy a fruit and veggie smoothie. Decide what you like and just whip it up.
4. Raw Dark Honey
Honey, especially dark honey, contains iron, copper, and manganese. When these elements are combined they aid in hemoglobin synthesis. And I find that when you are very anemic, you have almost zero energy; therefore, raw honey is great to boost your energy and stamina. What is the best kind of honey to use for anemia? If possible, use raw, unprocessed dark honey. Generally, the darker the honey the more antioxidants and minerals it contains.
There are so many delightful ways to enjoy honey. How about drizzled over a peanut butter sandwich instead of jam? Yummy. You can put honey in your smoothies for added sweetness instead of sugar. Or you can enjoy it in a warm cup of tea. Sometime I add a spoonful to my yogurt and granola, and when I’m in a hurry, I’ll eat some right off the spoon for a tasty treat.
Liver is a food that you either love or hate. While it may be a turnoff for many, it is an excellent source of iron protein. If you do decide to eat liver, be sure to eat only organic liver from a good source. If you want the liver benefits but don’t like the taste, purchase liver in pill form.
There are many more foods that help with anemia, but the ones I’ve mentioned above are some of my favorites and the ones that helped me the most. By following your doctor’s orders and doing what you can do at home, you can control this condition and feel better. I wish you good health.
Now that I’ve outlined what worked for me – effective home remedies for anemia – it’s your turn. What have you found effective?