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Diet for Anaemia

Renuka Berry

Anaemia is such a problem that can be benefited from the modification of the diet based on the cause of anaemia and the nutrient that is deficient. It is necessary to alter diet to pro vide the missing nutrients and thus improve the condition. Following are the foods that can be added to the diet of an anaemic patient to raise the haemoglobin level.

Anaemia is mostly caused due to a nutritional deficiency of certain nutrients such as iron, vitamin B 12 and folic acid. Since the origin of this disorder is mostly due to dietary deficiency, so it is necessary to alter diet to provide the missing nutrients and thus improve the condition.

Anaemia is a common problem in every age group of our country because of the inadequate diet and low intake of iron. Anaemia is such a problem that can be benefited from the modification of the diet based on the cause of anaemia and the nutrient that is deficient.

Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common form of anaemia. Regular consumption of iron rich foods such as green leafy vegetables will cure this condition to quite some extent.

Another kind of anaemia is the megaloblastic anaemia that is caused due to a lack of vitamin B12 or folic acid in the diet. Folic acid deficiency can be full­filled by the intake of green leafy vegetables and vitamin B12 deficiency can be completed through diet rich in meat, eggs, liver and all animal food. Milk and milk products are also rich in vitamin B12 so the people who are vegetarians should drink a lot of milk.

Following are the foods that can be added to the diet of an anaemic patient.

Apple

Apples being rich in iron, arsenic and phosphorus are highly beneficial in the treatment of anaemia. One apple should be eaten daily or 2-3 glasses of apple juice should be had daily.

Apricot

The apricot is also an excellent fruit for treatment of anaemia on account of its high iron content. Apricot has essential amount of copper that makes iron readily available to the body. The regular intake of apricot increases the haemoglobin level in the body.

Banana

Being rich in iron content, bananas also stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood. Thus they are beneficial in the treatment of anaemia.

Mango

Unripe mango or the green mango is valuable in treating blood disorders because of its high vitamin C content. It increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and helps in the formation of new blood vessels. It aids the absorption of food iron.

Raisins

As a rich source of easily assimilable iron, raisins enrich blood and are thus useful in treating anaemia.

Beet root

Red beet root is associated with blood forming qualities. Due to its high content of iron, it regenerates and re­-activates the red blood cells, supplies fresh oxygen to the body and helps the normal function of vesicular breathing. It is thus extremely useful in the treatment of anaemia.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek leaves help in blood for-nation. The cooked leaves are extremely useful for adolescent girls to prevent anaemia that is generally associated with the onset of puberty. The seeds of fenugreek are also valuable in treating anaemia.

Lettuce

Lettuce contains considerable amount of iron and supplies a good form of vegetable haemoglobin. It can, therefore be used as a good tonic for anaemia. The iron obtained in this way is absorbed to a much greater degree than the inorganic iron tonic.

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