Increase Red Blood Cells with These Natural Remedies

· February 5, 2017
Red blood cells are indispensable to our body since they transport oxygen-filled blood to all of the body’s tissues while eliminating carbon dioxide.

Feeling weak, very tired, or apathetic could mean you’re suffering from anemia. The most common cause of this problem is lack of iron as well as certain other nutritional deficiencies. The key is in our red blood cells, and so read on to discover how to increase their production.

Why are red blood cells important?

red blood cells enlarged

Erythrocytes, also known as red blood corpuscles or red blood cells, are indispensable for our bodies. The reason for this is that they transport oxygen-filled blood to all of the body’s tissues while eliminating carbon dioxide. 

They are red in color because they contain hemoglobin, a protein rich in iron. As time goes by, the cells die off and the bone marrow is in charge of manufacturing more.

Nevertheless, the body must rely on some necessary “ingredients” in order to do this. If not, anemia may occur.

Anemia is characterized by a low or nearly nonexistent production of red blood cells, or, additionally, by red cells that contain very little hemoglobin. The most common type of anemia is due to a low consumption of iron.

To avoid this problem, adults should consume 8 mg of iron a day. However, in the case of women who are menstruating, this amount should increase to 18 mg daily.

In order to help your body absorb this nutrient, it’s recommended to eat foods that are rich in Vitamin C: 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women daily.

Changes in habits to increase red blood cell count

It’s extremely important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat foods that contain iron, and, above all, to help prevent your body from getting anemia, or a low red blood cell count.

Some changes in habit that may help you are the following:

Eat more foods that are rich in iron

Roasted red meat

This way, your body will have the capacity to rebuild or replace those lost or damaged cells.

Here are some foods that are rich in iron:

  • Lentils (and legumes in general)
  • Spinach and chard (and other green-leaf vegetables)
  • Plums and raisins
  • Egg yolks
  • Red meat

Consume more copper and folic acid

A bowl of walnuts

These two nutrients are essential for the formation of red blood cells because they’re also present in hemoglobin. The recommended daily amount of copper is 18 mg for women and 8 g for men. In order to ingest more copper, we recommend eating:

  • Poultry
  • Whole grains
  • Mollusks
  • Chocolate
  • Beans
  • And, finally, walnuts

As for folic acid, or Vitamin B9 (400 mcg per day for women and 600 mcg for pregnant women), we can find it in:

  • Whole-grain cereals
  • Legumes (lentils and beans)
  • Green vegetables
  • Walnuts

See also: 6 Whole Grains that You Should Have in Your Diet

Get Enough Vitamins A and C

Vitamin A contributes to the development of mother cells in the bone marrow, and this means a greater production of red blood cells.

Where can we get Vitamin A?

  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers
  • Plums
  • Spinachs
  • Apricots

To get more Vitamin C (500 mg a day is the recommended dose) and increase red blood cell production, citrus fruits, tomatoes and kiwis are excellent options.

Exercise more

People exercising in the gym

Although an anemic person will probably have less desire to exercise, it is crucial to start, even if only with a light routine (go for a walk, ride a bicycle, swim, etc.).

As weeks go by, the training can increase in difficulty. Don’t forget that exercise is fundamental in the production of red blood cells and in having improved oxygen circulation in your entire body.

Quit smoking and drinking alcohol

Bad habits make the situation worse. If you smoke or consume excessive amounts of alcohol, the health of your blood will deteriorate. Smoking and drinking affects the flexibility of blood vessels and hence contribute to unhealthy blood that is unable to circulate appropriately.

Homemade remedies for increasing red blood cells

At the first signs of weakness, headache, paleness of the skin, or coldness in the extremities (all which indicate anemia), it’s crucial to see a doctor.

If treated properly, we can improve the situation thanks to these homemade remedies:

Red grapefruit and beets

This is a remedy that is used very much in Europe, and it helps to increase levels of red blood cells.

Ingredients

  • 3 beets
  • Juice from 1 grapefruit

Preparation

  • Firstly, peel the beets, and then dice them into small cubes.
  • Then blend them with the grapefruit juice.
  • Lastly, mix well and consume in spoonfuls each day.

Walnut and pollen infusion

This is a common remedy from bees that can help us enormously if we suffer from anemia, or if our red blood cells are not at normal levels.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of walnut leaves (20 g)
  • 2 cups water (500 mL)
  • 1 tsp of cod liver oil (5 g)
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (5 g)

Preparation

  • Firstly, add some walnut leaves to the water and bring to a boil.
  • Let the mixture continue to boil for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
  • After that, let it sit for 5 minutes and strain the leaves.
  • Add the oil and pollen to the liquid.
  • Finally, divide the mixture into two daily doses.

Garlic soup

Chopped garlic and garlic cloves

This is another natural recipe that can fight anemia and increase red cell count. In addition, garlic has many other beneficial properties.

Ingredients

  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of oil (100 g)
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 tsp paprika (5 g)
  • 8 cups water (2 L)

Preparation

  • First of all, crush the peeled garlic cloves and fry them in oil.
  • When they are golden-brown, add the slices of bread and the paprika.
  • After that, pour in the water and cook for half an hour.
  • Consume a maximum of 3 cups throughout the day.