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Anemia


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Anemia is a condition where there is a significant reduction in the number of red blood cells or the amount of hemoglobin in the blood. This results in a decrease in the amount of oxygen that the blood is able to carry and thus the amount of oxygen that's available for the cells of the body.


Notes
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  • A cancer drug that can be prescribed for people with sickle cell anemia is called Hydroxyurea (Droxia). The patient must be over the age of eighteen and have undergone three or more crises in a one-year time frame. This drug is not a cure, but is does ease the symptoms.
  • Excluding sugar from the diet boosts iron absorption. Fish and vegetables, high in iron content, eaten at the same meal boost iron absorption as well.
  • Foods containing the utmost amount of iron content, with over 5 milligrams of iron per average serving are: kidney beans, pinto beans, liver (organically raised is best), blackstrap molasses, rice bran, raw beet greens (not the beets), mustard greens, lentils, dried peaches, and prune juice. Foods containing a moderate amount of iron content ( 3 to 5 milligrams per average serving) are: cooked dried apricots, cooked beet greens, dates, lean meat such as lamb, turkey and veal, lima beans, chili, cooked spinach, and dry and fresh peas.
  • Iron-deficiency anemia most likely will disappear when the underlying cause is corrected.
  • It has been recommended that children under the age of one year old not drink cow's milk. This recommendation came from The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It has been found that milk may cause anemia by prohibit iron absorption and might even cause internal bleeding. The AAP published the results of the University of Iowa research that discovered the blood content in the stool of infants that were fed cow's milk were five times higher than the ones that were given infant formula. This led to the conclusion that the amount of iron lost was "nutritionally substantial".
  • Most of the time vitamin B12 deficiency can be identified by measuring serum B12 levels, doing a complete blood cell count, and a blood test called the Schilling test, that evaluates B12 retention. Those with pernicious anemia should take vitamin B12 sublingually (under the tongue), by retention enema, or by injection. Of course this treatment will be maintained for life, unless the underlying cause can be corrected.


Advice
  • Be sure to consume foods that are rich in Vitamin C. Also be sure to have wholes grains, turnips, egg yolks, kelp, greens, bananas, apples, apricots, rice bran, and squash.
  • Be sure you have an iron deficiency before taking iron supplements.
  • Do not drink tea, coffee, sodas, or beer. Do not eat candy bars or dairy products.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not use bran as a source for fiber.
  • Moderate or omit oxalic acid foods such as almonds, chocolate, cocoa, kale, soda, spinach, most nuts and beans.
  • Take 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses two times a day.
  • Taking calcium, vitamin E, zinc, or antacids with an iron supplement the iron will not absorb.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Raw liver extract
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps with the production of red blood cells. Liver from organically raised beef is recommended. Injections under supervision of a physician are also available.


Blackstrap molasses
Importance: High
Comments: Provides iron and essential B vitamins.


Folic acid
Importance: High
Comments: Helps with formation of red blood cells.


Biotin
Importance: High
Comments: Helps with formation of red blood cells.


Iron
Importance: High
Comments: Replenishes lack of iron. Ferrous gluconate form is recommended. Caution: Do not take iron unless anemia is diagnosed.


Vitamin B15
Importance: High
Comments: Helps produce red blood cells. Aids in dissolving and making protein useful to cells. Best to get injections under a physician's supervision. Sublingual and lozenge forms are also good.


Vitamin B12
Importance: High
Comments: Helps produce red blood cells. Aids in dissolving and making protein useful to cells. Best to get injections under a physician's supervision. Sublingual and lozenge forms are also good.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: B vitamins enhance each other. Best to use sublingual form.


Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps produce red blood cells.


Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Beneficial to reproduction of cells. Helps absorb vitamin B12.


Vitamin C
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps absorb iron.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Alfalfa
Type: Internal
Purposes: Alfalfa contains chlorophyll, a potent detoxifier. Used as a blood purifier and blood builder. Alfalfa is used in Europe to treat anemia.

Bilberry
Type: Internal
Purposes: Anthocyanidin (a flavonoid) is the primary compound in bilberry fruit, building strong capillaries and improves circulation throughout the entire body. Bilberry has been associated with the care and treatment of a number of ailments which includes anemia.

Cherry Extract
Type: Internal
Purposes: Cherry Extract provides a natural source of flavonoids that act as antioxidants. This provides protection to many systems in the body which includes arteries and capillaries improving circulation of the blood throughout the entire body.

Dandelion
Type: Internal
Purposes: Dandelion root is known as a blood purifier and contains nutritive salts to build up the blood.

Goldenseal
Type: Internal
Purposes: Goldenseal is a good treatment for iron deficiency anemia due to its high iron and vitamin C content.
Cautions: If you are a pregnant or lactating women do not take this herb. Consult with a physician if you have any of the following conditions: history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes or glaucoma. Goldenseal is to be taken for only 1 week at a time.

Grape Skins and Oregon Grape Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Grape seed extract provides a natural source of flavonoids; phytochemicals that have antioxidant properties. Provides protection to many systems in the body, including arteries and capillaries improving circulation of the blood throughout the entire body.
Cautions: If you are a pregnant or lactating women do not take the Oregon Grape Root.

Hawthorn
Type: Internal
Purposes: Improves cardiovascular function, and increases the supply of blood to the heart muscle, resulting in enhanced circulation throughout the body. Bioflavonoids in Hawthorn are potent antioxidants.

Red Raspberry
Type: Internal
Purposes: Using Red Raspberry after childbirth helps decrease uterine swelling and reduces postpartum bleeding.

Nettle and Mullein
Type: Internal
Purposes: Herbalists consider Nettle as one of the best treatments for iron deficiency anemia due to its high iron and vitamin C content.

Pau d'arco tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Contains an antibacterial agent which helps clean the blood and offers a healing effect.

Shepherd's Purse
Type: Internal
Purposes: Shepherds Purse is used to stop bleeding. As a tea it can be used to stop internal bleeding.

Yellow Dock
Type: Internal
Purposes: Was used in folk medicine to check bleeding of the lungs and bowels. Yellow dock contains more iron than any other plant. Also contains Vitamin A and C, and calcium. The iron in the root provides a good remedy for anemia.