Nutrition and Blood

nutrition and blood

Nutrition and Blood:

Hemoglobin is a protein found in the red blood cells. These cells are responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. In addition to transporting oxygen, hemoglobin carries carbon dioxide out of the cells and into the lungs. Carbon dioxide is then released as a person exhales. Having low hemoglobin can make it difficult for the body to perform these functions.

A person can raise their hemoglobin levels at home by:
1. Increasing iron intake:

A person with reduced levels of hemoglobin may benefit from eating more iron-rich foods. Iron serves to boost the production of hemoglobin, which also helps to form more red blood cells.

Iron-rich foods include:

Iron-rich foods

  • meat and fish
  • soy products, including tofu and edamame
  • eggs
  • dried fruits, such as dates and figs
  • broccoli
  • green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach
  • green beans
  • nuts and seeds
  • peanut butter
2. Increasing folate intake:

Folate is a type of vitamin B (Vitamin B9) that plays an essential part in hemoglobin production. The body uses folate to produce heme, a component of hemoglobin that helps to carry oxygen. If a person does not get enough folate their red blood cells will not be able to mature, which could lead to folate-deficiency anemia and low hemoglobin levels.

folic acid - vitamin B9

Folate-rich foods include:

  • beef
  • spinach
  • rice
  • peanuts
  • black-eyed peas
  • kidney beans
  • avocadoes
  • lettuce
References:

Bethany Cadman and Daniel Murrell, MD. How to increase hemoglobin: Foods, home remedies, and more https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321530.php

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