Anemia is reflection of an underlying condition. It is not a disease itself. Therefore, it is important to first find out what is causing anemia? If anemia is diagnosed and no other disease is associated with it then it is an iron deficiency that is causing it.
It mostly affects women and particularly those who have heavy menstruation. But anyone can get it. Low hemoglobin count indicate anemia.
The typical symptoms of anemia include weakness, a haggard look, fatigue, and lack of energy, tired looking eyes, shortness of breath, dull and poor memory, headache and dizziness.
There are many home remedies for anemia. Regular consumption of the following 7 food items can increase your hemoglobin levels and get rid of anemia.
7 Food Remedies for Anemia
Our goal here to each Iron rich foods and the other foods that contain Folate, Vitamin B6, 12 and Vitamin C
1.Figs for Anemia
Figs contain 0.4 mg of iron per 100gm. Fig are rich in fiber and potassium also. Pick up figs and eat them. Figs are juicy sweat fruits and are available in dried from throughout the year. If you can’t get fresh figs then eat dried figs which are equally useful and tasty.
Eat 4dried figs daily for a month and continue thereafter for another month if results are not to your satisfaction. Your iron levels will increase to get rid of Anemia.
2.Citrus Fruits for Anemia
All citrus fruits contain varying concentrations of vitamin C, and that is good news for people with anemia. Vitamin C helps faster absorption of iron. Folate in citrus fruits help in reducing iron deficiency but it is the iron absorption capabilities that makes them the most suitable fruits to combat anemia.
- Eat at least one orange or a tangerine daily.
- Drink a glass of orange juice daily.
- Drinking lemon juice also will provide same benefits
3.Beets for Anemia
Beets are very potent Anemia treatment. Beet juice is full of natural minerals like potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, iodine, iron and copper. It also contains vitamins B1 B2, B6, A and C, niacin, and vitamin P.
Beet roots are low in fats and contain 0.8mg of iron per 100gm. So generously eat beets in any form you like. You may find some of the following preparations of beats appealing.
- Make beet roots soup
- Add to salad
- Make juice and mix it with double quantity of Orange juice.
Either way you eat it or drink it, but be careful if you have history of kidney stones! As beets contain high quantity of oxalate, over consumption can be harmful.For best results in Anemia eating citrus fruits along with it is very useful
4.Cabbage for Anemia
Cabbage is a powerful nutrient. It contains 0.5mg of iron in 100 grams of cabbage. It also contains 60% vitamin C. Therefore not only it contains iron but also provides superior iron absorption capabilities. You can eat cabbage generously or drink its juice.
- Eat Cabbage alone as salad.
- Add cabbage to salad.
- Extract juice and drink half a glass every day.
Cabbage contains high potassium so if you are taking beta blockers then go slow on cabbage consumption.
5.Lettuce for Anemia
Lettuce contains almost double the quantity of iron as compared to cabbage. With its 0.9 mg of iron per 100 grams of lettuce also contains 5% of potassium and 5 % of dietary fiber to combat anemia.
Add lettuce to you salads and sandwiches and enjoy its benefits of increasing hemoglobin.
6.Spinach for Anemia
Spinach is one of the richest sources of iron. It contains 2.7mg of iron per 100 grams. Spinach is synonym of iron to everyone who knows anything about health and hemoglobin. Spinach can be taken in cooked, frozen and juice forms to overcome iron deficiency and anemia.
It rapidly loses its iron contents almost to half levels by cooking. Therefore the best way to consume spinach to gain iron is to drink it as juice.
There is one negative aspect of spinach which should be tackled before spinach gives best results i.e. its high oxalic acid content stops absorption of iron into blood stream. This deficiency can be easily overcome by consuming citrus fruits with spinach. Following concoction of Spinach and orange juices is one of the best home remedies to increase hemoglobin.
- Extract juice of spinach to fill half a glass.
- Add 1 glass of fresh Orange juice to it.
- Drink the concoction. It tastes well.
7. Sesame Seeds for Anemia
Black sesame seeds are a rich source of minerals such as calcium,Iron, manganese, potassium, magnesium and selenium. 100 gm of of sesame seeds contain 25% of recommended daily intake of folic acid.
You can take sesame seeds in many different ways. The best and most convenient ways is to take it with honey.
- Soak one teaspoon of sesame seeds in water overnight.
- Strain the water in the morning and crush the sesame seeds to make a thick paste
- Mix one teaspoon of honey with the sesame paste
- Eat the mixture slowly chewing and melting in your mouth
- Soak one more teaspoon of sesame seeds in water to prepare the same recipe for the evening.
Eating the sesame honey mixture twice a day for a month should bring back your hemoglobin level back within the normal range to kiss good bye to iron deficiency anemia.