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The number of red blood cells or the amount of hemoglobin in
the red blood cells is inadequate for an ample supply of oxygen to
reach the body systems.
Supplementing with certain vitamins such as folic
acid, vitamin B12 & C, minerals such as iron(but not too much) and
herbs can help the body´s production of red blood cells.
Low production of healthy red blood cells (RBCs)
Insufficient iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid in your diet is the most
common cause of anemia. The body needs iron to make hemoglobin, a
protein on RBCs that carries the oxygen from the lungs to the rest of
the body. Hemoglobin also gives blood its red colour.
People with increased iron requirements include infants, pregnant
women, and teenagers going through a growth spurt. Slow bleeding can
also cause iron-deficiency anemia. Even healthy people lose a small
amount of blood a day in their stool.
The cause of anemia of chronic disease is not completely understood. It
is related to a decreased production of RBCs.
Individual RBCs only last about 120days and must be replaced by new
ones, which are made in the bone marrow. If the marrow is destroyed or
so badly damaged that it can't produce enough RBCs, it's called
aplastic anemia. Radiation therapy and some medication can kill bone
marrow, but the most common cause of anemia is an unknown autoimmune
reaction. This occurs when your blood cells that normally protect you
against disease attack your own tissue instead.
If the body is destroying cells faster than they are made, anemia will
result. Old, "worn out" RBCs are mostly broken down in the spleen,
which is the organ that filters the blood, checks it for infection, and
removes undesirable substances. However, if the spleen is enlarged
(hypersplenism) due to conditions such as liver disease, malaria,
lupus, cancer or tuberculosis. An oversized spleen can trap and destroy
even healthy RBCs, causing anemia. In people with severe kidney
disease, anemia is caused by a combination of decreased production of
RBCs, decreased RBC lifespan, and blood loss related to dialysis.
Severe bleeding is usually treated with blood transfusions.
Vitamin B12, vitamin C, and folic acid are all crucial to RBC
production; therefore, a deficiency in any one of these vitamins puts
you at risk for anemia. To find out a good source for Vitamin B12,
vitamin C, and folic acid go to our nutrients page here.
To find your herbal remedies for anemia
Decreased red blood cell production.
Increase red blood cell destruction
Avoid Burdock root and yellow dock because it interfere with iron
Avoid excessive consumption of coffee and caffeinated soft drinks.
Do not take too much iron..
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Rose hip Watercress: rich in minerals and vitamine C and an ideal tonic
Use herbs as directed.
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