Anemia is the most common blood related disease. It is usually caused because of a decrease in the RBC (Red Blood Cells) Count or due to insufficient hemoglobin in the blood. The end result however is the decreased oxygen supply to all the organs in the body leading to hypoxia (lack of oxygen) in organs. Since every cell of the human body needs sufficient oxygen for healthy functioning, anemia can have wide range of consequences.[box type=”info” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″ ]
- 10% of persons aged 65 and older have anemia
- 12% of women aged 12-49 are iron deficient
- 20% of pregnant women in the U.S. have anemia
- elderly are twice as likely to be hospitalized for falls
It can be caused due to various reasons, though iron deficiency is said to be the major cause for anemia there are several other factors that can lead to this disease. Some of the other major causes for this disease are[starlist]
- Folic acid deficiency
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Copper deficiency
- Chronic renal failure (or other kidney diseases)
- Heredity and genetic disorders
- Chronic inflammation
- Enzyme Deficiency
- Gastrointestinal track problems
- Menstruation in case of women.[/starlist]
Since there are several causes for anemia one should not immediately opt for iron supplements. Instead the patient should be completely diagnosed to find out the root cause of anemia. A blood test is the first step in addressing this disease
Symptoms of Anemia:
Anemia has the following symptoms:[checklist]
- Regular fatigued and spells of dizziness.
- Lack of vitality.
- Shortness of Breath.
- Skin becomes pale.
- Restless leg syndrome[/checklist]
In extreme cases of anemia a patient experience a condition called as “Pica”, this leads to unusual craving for non edible substances like ash, coal and soil. This is body’s way of adding minerals in to the system by creating this craving.
Alternative Medicine for Anemia:
Ayurveda suggests the following herbs for curing anemia: Fenugreek, wormwood, chicory, gokulakanta, Ash gourd, bitter melon and dill weed. Fenugreek is a super powerful herb and can be taken as a medicine or as an additive in a regular meal. However the best way to consume this is in the form of powdered fenugreek sprouts in an empty stomach in the morning. Fenugreek is very safe and has numerous health benefits like increasing the libido of men and acts as a galactagogue in women (increases milk supply in lactating mothers).
Supplements and Diet for anemia
- All vareities of Leafy greens, Moringa Oleifera, Swiss Chard, Spinach are rich sources of iron and also aids in the production of RBCs. Add them to your diet everyday.
- Eat a ripe banana with two-tea spoon honey twice a day.
- Eat Indian gooseberry and orange. These fruits help speed up iron absorption to body.
- Substitute sugar with honey or Jaggery. Jaggery is a rich source of Iron and honey aids in iron absorption.
- Chick peas, green peas, broccoli, raisins and dates.
- Avoid carbonated beverages, coffee, tea and cow’s milk (or other dairy products). They prevent absorption of iron especially in people with anemia.
- Cooking in iron utensils is also advised.
- Avoiding Refined foods and option for whole grains like brown rice.
Iron is highly toxic beyond the recommended levels and heme iron (the iron that is present in animal foods) is readily absorbed in the body and higher amounts are not safe. It is better to supplement your body through natural vegetable means. However if you are going for an iron supplement then opt for the organic form of Iron ( amino acid chelate ) and compounds like Iron aspararte, citrate or picolinate, instead of sulphate. Iron sulphate is poorly absorbed but in addition to that it is known to cause constipation and gastric issues. Drinking good amount of vegetable juice along with iron supplement is advised as Vitamin C improves iron absorption.
Manganese also helps in improving the fat metabolism and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is essential for people with anemia caused due to iron deficiency.
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