Anemia is a condition where there is a reduced number of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood or a dysfunctional RBC. The word anemia is derived from mia which means blood, and absence of adequate red blood cells. There are several types of anemia, but the most common one is caused due to deficiency of iron in the body.
The red blood cells carry oxygen to all the vital organs of the body. Hemoglobin, the protein-bound iron in the red blood cells renders the red color to the blood cells. It binds the oxygen, combats infections, and averts blood loss. As per the latest report published by the global health survey, India has the highest prevalence of anemia about 39.8%, which is more common among women of reproductive age and children.
In most cases, the symptoms are often left unnoticed or confused, always look out for the symptoms to prevent complications. Symptoms include:
- Fatigue and general weakness
- Pale skin
- Hair loss
- Lack of stamina
- Increased heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling around the eyes
- Poor appetite
The normal range of hemoglobin for men is 13.5-17.5g/dl and for women is 12.0-15.5g/dl. When the blood level goes less than 12g/dl for women and less than 12g/dl for men then it is termed anemia. Fret not anemia can be very well managed and treated with a healthy diet fortified with iron-rich foods and also taking iron supplements.
Try these simple and effective home remedies that can pump your iron stores and trigger your energy and stamina.
Moringa leaves are imbued with ample amounts of iron, vitamins A, C, and magnesium. A serving of these amazing leaves offers 28mg of iron more than what is present in spinach. Regular addition of moringa leaves is well-known to improve the hemoglobin level and red blood cells count.
Take about 20-25 moringa leaves finely chop and make a paste, add a teaspoon of jaggery powder and blend well. Have this tasty treat along with the breakfast to improve your iron levels.
Beets are loaded with a rich array of iron, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, and C. The wealth of nutrients in beets benefits in stimulating red blood cell production in the body and improves the hemoglobin level.
In a blender add about one cup of chopped beetroot, blend well, strain the juice and mix a teaspoon of lemon juice and drink this amazing juice regularly in the morning. Lemon juice adds to the vitamin C content and enhances the absorption of iron.
Sesame seeds are loaded with iron, copper, zinc, selenium and vitamin B6, folate, and E. Regular addition of black sesame seeds is proven to improve the hemoglobin levels and promote the absorption of iron.
Take about 1 tablespoon of black sesame seeds dry roast, blend with a teaspoon of honey, and roll into a ball. Have this nutritious food regularly to boost your iron levels.
Dates And Raisins
This amazing dry fruit combination comes with a richness of iron, magnesium, copper, and vitamins A and C. Add these dry fruits to your meal plan to bolster the immune system and promote iron absorption.
Have 3-5 dates and a tablespoon of raisins as a snack or with your breakfast which provide you with instant energy and augment iron levels.
Drinking water stored in a copper vessel is highly recommended by ayurvedic medicine which facilitates in restoring the body with natural minerals and enhance iron levels.
Store water in a copper bottle and drink it as and when needed to uplift iron stores.
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