Wellness - Nutrition | 0-18 yrs

8 Foods That Help Increase Red Blood Cells


Fatigued? Feeling weak? Short of breath? Suffering from headaches? All these symptoms point to anaemia. It is described as a condition caused by the drastic decrease in the level of haemoglobin in the body.

Haemoglobin is an iron-rich protein present in the red blood cells (which are the most common blood cells in the body) and is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. A major portion of the oxygen carried by the blood from the lungs is through the haemoglobin.

And, when the red blood cells (RBCs) count is low, the body must work harder to deliver oxygen throughout the body. But, is there any way one can increase the number of RBCs in the body?

Following a carefully chosen diet is one way to do this! Consuming foods that are rich in iron, folic acid and vitamin B-12 help in maintaining proper haemoglobin levels in body. This ClipBook looks at 8 foods that can help increase red blood cells.

Read on to know more about them.


1. Spinach

Spinach contains a significant amount of iron, which is important for increasing the number of red blood cells in the body. It is also a great source of fibre and phosphorous.

2. Beetroot Juice

Beetroot is another food item that can increase the red blood cells in the body. It is loaded with the goodness of iron, minerals and vitamins, and plays an active role in repairing and reactivating the red blood cells in the body.

3. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain nutrients that improve the count of platelets or the cells that is needed to form blood clots. Eat i baked, steamed or sautéed - it is delicious any which way.

4. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C along with lycopene. The vitamin C in tomatoes helps in easy absorption of iron, which is useful in avoiding anaemia. It is a great food for improving blood cells count.

5. Red Meat

Red meat can play an active role in preventing and, in fact, treating iron deficiency. Why? Because It is one of the best sources of dietary iron. Incorporate red meat in small amounts into your diet and notice the improvement in your red blood ce...

6. Pomegranates

Packed to the brim with antioxidants and vitamins, pomegranates are also loaded with high level of iron, which increase red blood cells. Pomegranate juice, especially, ensures a healthy blood flow. Know more about this miracle fruit.

7. Honey

Honey is known for its delicious taste. Turns out, it is good for increasing the blood count, too. It contains a good amount of iron and having one tablespoon of honey mixed with lemon and water, can help in effectively fighting anaemia.

8. Dates

Dates is a popular dried fruit that is rich in iron and is highly recommended for people suffering from iron deficiency. It is good for the purification of blood as well. Have them aplenty!

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