herbal remedies for anemia

Do you find yourself constantly fatigued? Have you ever noticed your skin becoming dull and pale without any changes to your daily habits? With nearly 2 billion people affected by an iron deficiency, 80% of people across the globe don’t have enough iron in their bodies. In fact, research also suggests that 30% of those with anemia are left untreated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Anemia is a common condition where your body has low levels of red blood cells. As healthy blood cells are vital to the hemoglobin, this means your body may not get enough vital oxygen to function properly. As a result, you might feel lethargic throughout the day. If you have anemia, the first step is to talk to your doctor about taking the proper supplements and improve your diet with iron-rich ingredients. Here are some herbal remedies that can help in treating anemia.

Herbs for treating Anemia

Beetroot: Known as the best herbal remedy for anemia, beetroot works by cleansing the body by increasing blood count and supplying oxygen. Thus, this makes it ideal for treating the condition without harmful doses of medication.

Blackstrap molasses: As the sweet remaining of refined sugar, blackstrap molasses is full of vital nutrients such as iron, manganese, and more. These nutrients help boost the natural components in the body to help boost red blood cells.

Chlorophyll: Chlorophyll is found to be an exact match for hemoglobin or red blood cells in the body. As such, this unique composition serves as a substitute for red blood cells when needed for replenishment.

Drink blood-boosting juices

Fresh pomegranate and beetroot juice work wonders as blood purifiers and builders. Pomegranates are rich in iron and other minerals like potassium and copper. Beetroots, on the other hand, are rich in folic acid. When both are consumed regularly, these power foods can boost your energy levels and make you feel more active, supporting a healthy blood flow.

Iron isn’t easy to be absorbed by your digestive tract. So, to make sure you receive as much as 20% of iron, aim to include the following habits in your daily lifestyle:

  • Eat meals regularly
  • Take probiotics
  • Drink plenty of filtered water
  • Boost fiber in your diet.

Apple-Beetroot juice

Apples are another power food that is rich in iron along with other healthy components. You can roast your beets on a gas stove and peel it before juicing. This juice will not only boost your health but also double the chances of fighting off anemia.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pure Apple juice
  • 1 cup of Beetroot juice
  • 1 tsp. honey – to taste

You can blend the apple and beetroot mixture in a juice and add honey. Be sure to stir well and consume this juice within the day.

Sesame Seeds

Another option that provides a great source of iron is sesame seeds. You can create a sesame milk drink with 1 tsp. of sesame seeds in 1 cup of water for two hours. Strain the seeds and crush to form a paste. Add 1 tbsp. of honey to the paste and mix thoroughly. Consume this flavored milk mixture twice a day.

Go Ayurvedic with turmeric

Recent studies report that certain medicines, such as Injectafer, can increase the risk of severe Hypophosphatemia, a condition caused by low phosphate. In fact, having a deficiency in iron may lead individuals to experience cold and clammy skin with swelling. Other research suggests that those experiencing anemia should opt for two cups of yogurt a day – both morning and night, with a teaspoon of pure turmeric. This helps to keep the dosh balanced in the body, according to Ayurvedic experts.

Eat the leafy greens

Eating high amounts of chlorophyll found in spinach, celery, broccoli, and other greens provide a great source of iron. However, it is also important to note that vegetables are best eaten raw. In fact, cooked veggies may prevent the body from absorbing iron effectively.

Add Parsley to everything

Also known as rock celery, parsley is the most used culinary herb across the globe. Along with other dietary benefits, parsley is also rich in folic acid. In fact, 100g of parsley contains 5.5mg of iron, meeting 10% of your daily requirement. Here are simple ways you can include parsley into your diet:

  • Use parsley in pasta, salads, and sandwiches
  • Toss dried or fresh parsley in your soups, stews, and sauces
  • Add 1 tbsp. of parsley to your daily juice blend
  • Drink parsley tea. Steep parsley leaves over hot water for 3 minutes and add 1 tsp. of honey for taste.

Aside from improving your diet, it is important to understand the unhealthy habits that could worsen anemia. For the above reasons, steer clear of antacids as a single tablet contains a large amount of calcium and magnesium – acting as iron inhibitors.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.