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Posted by rain on May 10, 2011 at 09:23:04:

Remedies to increase haemoglobin
what is the fastest way to boost up the haemoglobin?
(28 Sep 2007)

Recent studies have shown that the level of hemoglobin in the body can be boosted by foods rich in iron. Iron is responsible in determining the blood¡¯s hemoglobin levels. When the amount of hemoglobin in the red blood cells drops below the required levels, based on the age and gender of the person, it leads to a disorder of the blood known as Anemia.

There are several factors that can lead to low hemoglobin in the red blood cells. Nutritional deficiency, particularly the deficiency of iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid, is the most common cause of low levels of hemoglobin in the blood. It is a good idea to seek medical advice, specifically from a hematologist who will suggest a few tests such as determining the complete blood count including red cell indicators, a tally of reticulocytes as well as a peripheral smear investigation. These tests will help your doctor to realize the exact cause of anemia and will recommend treatment accordingly. It is important to bear in mind that diet alone is not always be effective in providing the necessary amount of iron, if the diagnostic tests disclose a deficiency in iron. In most situations, doctors usually prescribe iron supplements for a specific duration, to increase the level of iron in the blood.

There are several natural remedies that can increase the levels of hemoglobin in the red blood cells. Beetroot is believed to be an age-old effective option, due to its high content of beta carotene and iron. Beetroot can be consumed in any form especially as a drink from freshly extracted beetroots blended with apple juice and honey.

Bananas too have been found to be quite beneficial in increasing the level of hemoglobin. Eat ripe bananas, as they are rich in iron and bananas mixed with honey twice daily are believed to increase the levels of hemoglobin. Researchers say that vitamin C may also be helpful in enhancing the body¡¯s absorption of iron, in the body. Hence, individuals afflicted with low levels of hemoglobin are recommended to add foods with a high content of Vitamin C in their diets. Another effective option is to use honey. Honey has been known to be an ideal natural cure for anemia. Not only does it help in increasing the amount of hemoglobin in the blood cells, but is also a rich source of minerals such as manganese, iron and copper. Other foods rich in iron include edible legumes and beans, whole grain meals, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, potatoes as well fresh and dried fruits.
answered by G M on 16 Feb 2010, 3:21:55

Remedies to increase haemoglobin

The fastest way to boost your hemoglobin is to stockpile in foods that are rich in iron. Iron provides red blood cells, which determine the quantity of hemoglobin in the blood. If your body is deficient in iron, chances are very high that you would also be deficient in hemoglobin. Some of the foods rich in iron are spinach, beetroot, soya beans, apples, almonds, pears, tomatoes, potato peels, figs and alfalfa sprouts. In order to add to your blood count, you can also include at least one serving of red meat in a day. This will also raise your hemoglobin levels very rapidly. You must make sure your body receives a combination of at least five to seven of these edibles every single day, in order to boost your count. It is preferable to have most of the listed components (except meat) raw, as they are richest in iron. Cooking may destroy iron content by as much as half. Potato peels may be dried and toasted in order to make them an interesting snack.
It is also important to cut back on tea, coffee, cigarettes and alcohol, since all of them inhibit absorption of iron in the body and therefore reduce your blood count. You can have herbal tea, fresh juices or water instead.

answered by G M on 18 Feb 2008, 11:09:07
How to Increase Platelet Count

Because of the risk factors associated with very low platelet count, a lot of emphasis is made to make sure that one has a healthy level of platelet count in the body. The following are the common ways that will help prevent platelet count from dropping:

¡öTake a lot of vitamin C supplements. You can obtain vitamin C from fruits and vegetables. Because vitamin C is water soluble, it can be easily absorbed by the body and will immediately help in restoring the body¡¯s platelet count. ¡öHerbal medications are also helpful in restoring platelet count. In most instances, one will need to pound the herb with pestle and mortar to extract the juice. Although the juice is very bitter and requires a lot of effort downing them, it is worth it. Most people even add sugar to the juice to make it more palatable and easy to drink.
¡öHowever, the most common home remedy is to drink the bitter extract from a papaya leaf. Two leaves without the stalk can yield approximately two tablespoons of the extract.

Question: I have tiny red dots on both feet which are recurring. They have not spread above the feet. Is it because of low platelet count and what treatment or diet to treat low platelet count should I follow?


You are suffering from thrombocytopenia or a low platelet count.


¡öA decreased platelet production within the bone marrow
¡öAn increased peripheral destruction of the platelets
Have any investigations been done?
Since when have you been having the purpura (red spots)?
Is there a family history of thrombocytopenia?
Any treatment taken so far?

Types of Thrombocytopenia
¡öThrombocytopenia could be acute or chronic.
¡öAcute thrombocytopenia predominantly occurs in children.
¡öChronic thrombocytopenia occurs in young adults.
Causes of Low Platelet Count
¡öIdiopathic (no known cause).
¡öAutoimmune i.e. there are auto antibodies within the body which destroy the platelets, thus reducing platelet count.
Clinical features:

¡öEasy bruising
¡öPurpura or red spots
¡öEpistaxis or nose bleed
¡öMenorrhagia or prolonged and profuse menstruation
¡öA major hemorrhage occurs rarely.
Apart from purpura, do you have any of the other symptoms mentioned above?


¡öA regular blood count must be done
¡öSometimes a bone marrow aspirate is helpful.
Treatment for Low Platelet Count
¡öThe initial treatment comprises of prednisolone. But you have to be extremely cautious and the treatment ought to be conducted under the supervision of a specialist. With this treatment, patients show a moderate response, requiring no other treatment.
¡öIn a large number, surgically removing the spleen becomes necessary.
¡öA transfusion of platelets to bring back the count to normal.
Diet for low platelet count:
¡öAvoid all refined and processed foods ¨C sugar, saturated fats, and aerated drinks to avoid low platelet count. Include fresh and organic foods. This will help in stimulating the body¡¯s internal mechanism and increase platelet count.
¡öRed foods are your key. Tomatoes, plums, watermelons, cherries and berries are loaded with vitamins and minerals and have strong anti-oxidant properties which helps to raise platelet count.

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106 Responses to Increase Platelet Count Naturally: Foods to Treat Low Platelet Thrombocytopenia
¡öAP says:
September 10, 2009 at 5:04 am
My brother has 61k platelet counts. I would like know is it serious and what are the treatments require to increase platelets ?

¡öAnonymous says:
December 13, 2009 at 9:36 pm
Yes..that count is very serious, for the normal platelet count is 150k ¨C 450k.

¡öR says:
September 16, 2009 at 10:40 am
My sister is now suffering with low platelet count. I have consulted the doctor regarding this but they have advised me some medicines and it seems that she must go on using that medicines. Is there any way to completely and permanently solve this low platelet count problem.

¡öBB says:
February 6, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Try eliminating gluten completely!

My son has suffered with extremely low platelet counts and had to take IvIg (Immune Globulin via IV at the hospital) to kick start his platelet production. It was so bad he was treated as often as every 5 days. Eventually, not even that helped. The Cincinnati Children¡¯s Medical Centre got him on Rituxan (or Rituximab) also via IV in the hospital and this would give him an approximate 8 month reprieve, then the treatment would have to be repeated. For Lucas, his T-cells (which are part of your body¡¯s immune system) were AWOL and were attacking his platelets. His spleen was then dismantling these abnormal blood cells.

We recently had some special allergy testing done and found him to be gluten intolerant even though he does not have Celiac disease. People with Celiac for sure are gluten intolerant and people with ITP may be. We took Lucas off gluten and anything with it hidden in (such as soya sauce) and his platelets rebounded fully and he has not had a hospital treatment of any kind for 8 months. Allergies were also found in dairy, yeast and he has to substantially cut down on sugar.

¡öMia says:
March 31, 2010 at 10:07 am
My dad was in remission with ITP but it came back with a vengence just about a month ago. He is on prednisone and IVIG treatment but his platelets stay high for about 4 weeks before they crash again. His Hematologist was pressuring him to take Rituxan but he refused due to the side effects.

¡öPUP says:
April 6, 2010 at 6:13 am
The risk associated with low platelet count is far greater, as there are chances of abnormal bleeding from any orifice of the body. There fore one has to take lot of precaution to keep the platelet level high.
Apart from the regular medicine, your dad can take some home remedy tips, which are helpful in keeping the platelet to a higher level.
Let him take VIT.C, which is available plenty in fruits, and vegetables. As it plays a vital role in coagulation of the blood. It increases the platelet count.
The common home remedy is the extract of papaya leaf; it has properties to increase the platelet count.

¡öAnonymous says:
March 6, 2010 at 2:32 am
One of the reasons of having low platelet count is deficiency of Folic acid and Vitamin B12. Medicines can help BUT check with your doctor first. And by intake of food items rich in Vitamin C like Gooseberry, Orange, lemon etc. It¡¯s a slow process to recover platelet count back to normal in adults. Platelet count which shows an increasing trend is a positve sign. Take medicines under the consultation of Hematologist only.

¡ömel says:
March 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Can you let me know in detail within how long the platelet count increased in your experience? And what other foods do you know that helps with increasing platelet count. Thanks

¡öDR says:
May 1, 2010 at 9:08 pm
You can increase the platelets by consuming raw papaya seed juice one spoon for one week.

¡öAnonymous says:
June 13, 2010 at 8:14 am
Hi Dr, How long should one take papaya leaf juice to get the platelets up. I am currently pregnant 18w and have a platelet count of 25K and I have been taking papaya leaf juice (thrice a week for 3 weeks now ) but it doesn¡¯t seem to work for me. Is there something else naturally that I can try??

¡öSami says:
December 14, 2009 at 8:29 am
Extract from a papaya leaf really helps. My mother is going through chemotherapy and taking this supplement. This has helped improve platelet count.

¡öE says:
January 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm
How many times per day shall the patient take the papaya leaf? How much Volume at one time? My cousin is having a very serious dengue case. His platelet is going down to 9 the lowest and the highest now is 14. A weird symptom is at the morning session the platelet is always the highest of the day then afternoon and night time the platelet will be going down again. Anybody share the experience of dengue?

¡öG says:
January 20, 2010 at 12:44 am
My brother has dengue fever right now. His platelets have come down to 71. The doctor says that if it goes at 20 he will need blood transfusion. Platelets are lower in the day and higher in the night. The platelet level goes down with the fever. Hence, the higher the fever, the higher the platelet count. But from day 5 onwards fever subsides and the platelet lever subsides too.

¡öDavid Dreyer says:
April 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Where can I get papaya leaf, I live in Long Island, NY.

¡öPUP says:
April 19, 2010 at 10:38 am
Papaya is the fruit of Carica Papaya plant. It is the native to the tropics of America. It is originated from southern Mexico. Central America, northern South America. It is now cultivated in many tropical countries like Brazil, Bangladesh, India, Jamaica, Mexico.
It is also known as ¡®paw paw¡¯ or ¡®big melon¡¯.

¡öLK says:
February 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm
I have a low platelet count and found all this information interesting. This is the first time I found information relating to a diet for low platelet count.

¡öA says:
February 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm
My mother has low platelet count and a dry bone marrow, she was hospitalized at a platelet count of 6000, she was given prednisone, immonoglobin and platelets to increase the platelet level. Level went up to 67,000 and overnight dropped down to 30,000, it has been discovered that she has blockage in the lower part of her heart now and they will be giving her some type of drug to repair this. She has been hospitalized a total of 4 weeks. Does anyone have anything different that was tried on them and worked that we have not tried yet. She loves coffee and I am concerned about it because of the artificial sweetener, she gave the sweetener up and started using sugar and in an article read here sugar is not good for low platelets, what could she try instead and what types of foods could she eat.

¡öSalina says:
February 22, 2010 at 4:26 am
Managing low platelet count
A low platelet count develops due to:
- A failure of platelet production within the body, or,
- An increased rate of removal from blood.
Dietary prescriptions

- It is very vital that she eliminate from her diet all those foods that act as irritants to the system and which are likely to cause an inflammation. Yes, sugar is not good for her. Sugar, refined or denatured grains, saturated fats, junk food, and processed foods need to be avoided totally. These foods will aggravate and further lower the platelet count.

- Incorporate lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet.

- A wonder nutrient to boost platelet count is omega 3 fatty acid. Ensure that her diet has plenty of foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Excellent sources are ¨C almonds, walnuts, salmon, cod liver oil, and flax seeds.

- Another marvelous food is the tomato. Tomatoes are loaded with anti-oxidants. They prevent inflammatory processes within the body, and perk up the immune mechanisms tremendously. It is loaded with lycopene and vitamin C. Ascertain that she consumes at least 2 servings daily.

¡öalisa says:
February 22, 2010 at 10:07 am
Thank you, I will pass this information on to her. She has terrible cravings for sweets and never has cared for them before so I will load her up with these things. Her platelets have dropped again and I feel that is due to the amount of sweets that she has consumed over a weeks time. I will let you know what happens with these suggestions. Email me if you have any other suggestions. Alisa.

¡öJoe says:
May 15, 2010 at 3:29 am
I have read that a lack of magnesium can cause a craving for chocolate and other sweets. I don¡¯t know but it wouldn¡¯t be difficult or expensive to take a little magnesium every day.

¡öRDM says:
February 23, 2010 at 8:49 am
My daughter¡¯s low platelet count is 1.2 lacs and her symptoms is fever increase and decreases during the day since last week. What is the treatment for her

¡öBDM says:
February 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm
My relative aged 58 diagnosed as Hypocellular myelodyspastic syndrome revealed after bone marrow examination. She has generalized weakness, body ache, dyspnoea since one month. H/O fever intermittently, Burning sensation while passing urine and stool. No past history of major illness, vomiting, bleeding, headache, cough, etc.
Recent platelet count 19,000/cu mm and Hb 7.8gm. How to increase the platelet count? What treatment should be taken? Any precaution in taking food any special diet?

¡öMNA says:
March 22, 2010 at 8:21 am
Thank you. Please give me more treatments for increasing platelets. I have a problem with my platelet count. Some time my platelet count is down.I am seeing many dots and spots on my face, hands and feet.

¡öcvp says:
March 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm
Is it okay to take centrum multivitamins and vitamin C it¡¯s compatible.

¡öA says:
March 30, 2010 at 5:27 am
My age is 21years and I have checked many times from different labs but my platelets count ranges between 2500 to 2700 always. What mite be the reason??

¡öC. G says:
April 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm
Hello- my mother had a platelet count of 7, she was on prednisone and her count went up to an acceptable range- 191. The MD/hemo weened her off the prednisone. Now her count is down to 17. I am very worried about her. He restarted her on the prednisone and wanted her to have a bone marrow aspiration which she refused at this time. She is going to have the Rituxon infusion tomorrow. She does not eat properly. My husband and I bought her some green leafy vegetables and other meats and fruit. We also bought her orange juice etc. She still eats late at night one meal a day and she has lost a lot of weight. She also has had a lot of stress and aggravation this past year which also can compromise the immune system. I would like to know how the Rituxon works. I know it has a lot of side effects but we did not tell my mother for fear she would not have the treatment. I know the Doctor is worried but to his credit he does not show it in front of my mother. Are there any other treatments. I saw orange juice in one of the letters and also wonder if the green leafy vegatables are good for her since they have Vitamin K to help with the clotting.

¡öAnonymous says:
April 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Can low platelet count lead to vaginal bleeding?

¡öPUP says:
April 20, 2010 at 1:39 am
It depends on what is the platelet count, normally it is seen if the platelet count is below 20000 there are chances of bleeding from any orifice due to bruise or trauma to the orifice, there can be excessive bleeding at the time of menstruation. Abnormal bleeding can occur from gum¡¯s , nose, digestive tract, vagina, in low platelet count disorder.

¡öSB says:
June 4, 2010 at 11:36 pm
Yes low platelet can lead to heavy vaginal bleeding. This is my most common symptom. I have ITP and and when its low i bleed heavy and as it rises the bleeding practically stops. I am 48. diagnosed since 2004.

¡öA says:
April 8, 2010 at 11:38 pm
My wife is 58 and is suffering from Diverticulai of large intestines. It was diagnosed few years earlier after colonoscopy. She gets infection of these pouches of the intestines and she has to take Cipraflox with Tinadezole for 8 days as a course. Yesterday I got her platelet count done and it was only 78000.

¡öDawn says:
May 3, 2010 at 12:12 am
Is she eating enough fiber for her diverticulitus? We have a friend who is taking a fiber drink like twice a day that helps a lot with this problem.

¡öA says:
May 6, 2010 at 7:08 am
Yes she is taking plenty of fiber diet and that is for diverticular problem and for low platelet count there is a medicine local and that is wheat grass and it will definitely increase the count in a couple of days. These days green wheat is not available so I would suggest to sow wheat in your kitchen garden and it will grow in a couple of days then cut these leaves and after washing them you going them and take 1 T.S.F. twice a day and after some time you will see the result.

¡öK V S R says:
April 18, 2010 at 11:05 am
My son (17 Yrs) got platelets down to 31K and it came twice in between four months. As of now he is suffering with same problem what are the precautions to take from this. problem .

¡öchad says:
April 19, 2010 at 10:17 am
I have acute lymphocytic leukemia. Fighting it for 2 and a half years now! Chemo radiation, 2 bone marrow transplants. Just relapsed and am searching for info on beating this. My white counts are up to 80 thousand & platelets down in the 30 thousands. Doctors are pretty much giving up on me, but I won¡¯t give up!

¡öM M says:
August 17, 2010 at 2:08 am
Keep it up, I like your attitude. We should not lose faith in ourselves, God will give you the courage and I will pray for you, lots of wishes.

¡ödave varley says:
September 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm
My wife had 2 years of chemotherapy. But only worked a little. We have been on Dr. Gersons juicing for 12 months now. And after 2 M.R.I¡¯s she is all clear of cancer.

¡öG says:
October 31, 2010 at 9:39 am
I¡¯ve had Hodgkin¡¯s for 7 years. Now I was in that 10% that they could not cure. I have found a couple of things that have put my cancer in remission. One is the Lord: pray everyday and stay positive.Two is Turmeric and three is a PH Diet. They say this diet can cure most anything. I hope this helps and You are in my prayers Chad.

¡öNR says:
May 18, 2010 at 2:58 am
My sister¡¯s age is 50 yrs., diagnosed for low platelets. She had WBC of only 12000 on 12.5.2010. Doctor has clarified that she is not suffering from cancer but advised to give injection of 500 mg. (name ¨C not disclosed). There is no guarantee that WBC may increase. I¡¯m afraid that due to low platelets / less WBC there may be fatal result.

¡öTony says:
May 18, 2010 at 7:57 am
If you¡¯re on blood pressure medicines or drugs of any kind check to see if they lower platelet counts. MOST DO! Diovan does big time. Also the flu shot has a .02% of clinical trials research associated with lowering platelet counts and causing havoc on your immune system. (The flu shot will stay in your system for a year maybe longer). Drink Green Tea it seems to flush out the system daily. These are all of the great things our doctors never tell us.
Eat more foods with potassium, Vitamin C, B12, and Folic Acid, Wheat grass.

¡ölow platelets | thrombocytopenia says:
June 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm
Low platelets is an immune problem. Antibodies are destroying your platelets. This is called an autoimmune reaction.

But oxygen molecules known as ¡°free radicals¡± also destroy platelets massively.

But you have to be careful in the use of certain antioxidants. Some of them can lower your platelets even more. While others increase them.

There are many factors that can cause platelets to decrease but these are the main reasons. Other reasons could be the presence of diseases such as leukemia and chronic liver disease. Make sure to consult your doctor for a correct diagnosis.

¡öR B says:
June 8, 2010 at 7:42 am
My mother diagnosed for CLL with WBC of 57 where as the reference range is 4-11. She is having very low platelet count of 1.6 where as the reference range is 1.5-4.5. Please give suggestions about her condition and her well being.

¡öNY says:
June 23, 2010 at 8:08 am
My friend is suffering from dengue fever and his blood platelets count is getting low. His doctor has said that if it will not normalize soon, he will have to undergo a blood transfusion. Is there a any treatment or diet to increase and normalize his blood platelets.

¡öF L says:
July 27, 2010 at 1:49 am
You should have eaten the DURIAN fruit. It is believed to increase to platelet count.

¡öTY says:
June 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm
I have a surgery due in three weeks and came to know that my platelet count is low. I have another test coming up tomorrow and I need this surgery to be done on time. What is a quick remedy for high platelet count treatment. Do the plums really work. I need to increase the platelet count quickly.

¡öF L says:
July 27, 2010 at 1:47 am
Hi, anyone here knows the benefit of eating DURIAN fruit in order to raise the platelet count? Right now, I am letting my son to eat at least one seed of it because his platelet count is 102 only.

¡öR S says:
December 29, 2010 at 8:15 am
Vitamin C can be taken in doses of up to 10000mg per day and upward. That¡¯s ten thousand mg a day. The side effects of too much vitamin c are diarrhea. Vitamin C is dispersed from the body via urine. Vitamin C is a powerful medicine which is now being injected into children and babies in 3rd world countries as a cost effective way of fighting illnesses. The pharmaceutical companies are attempting to prevent the spread of this information as vitamin c acts as a powerful antibiotic.

If you are mega dosing vitamin c, 1000mg an hour for an adult is a guideline. If diarrhea occurs then back off slightly.

Hope this can help.

¡öS P says:
July 27, 2010 at 7:04 am
I had got urine infection followed with fever. I was shivering with fever. I visited Doc and he advised me to do blood test. My blood test report shows that platelet count is 55000. I am very much worried. Why platelet has decreased so low? Can anyone answer to my question?

¡öL N says:
July 28, 2010 at 10:34 am
My father platelets count is 5. I am giving him one tab of 500mg vitamin C a day. How much should I give it to him?

¡öVR says:
August 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm
I have a low platelet count of 56 but I am not ill. I am taking lipitor and an aspirin daily following miocardial infarction. Help me please.

¡öAnonymous says:
September 1, 2010 at 6:27 am
Aspirin causes low platelet count. Why are you taking that? Consult your doctor. Do not take aspirin

¡öPD says:
February 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm
No, it does not lower the platelet count, it inhibits platelet aggregation. But correct it will lead to an increase in bleeding and should be verified with an MD.

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