Anemia is a big problem, especially because the symptoms of the disease hardly differ from simple daily exhaustion or fatigue. While we can all suffer from anaemia, there are more vulnerable groups such as children, women of childbearing age and the elderly. Therefore, it’s better to be armed with this information on how to combat it naturally through home remedies.
Although anemia requires a special diet, and the incorporation of certain foods rich in iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin C; herbal medicine can help to treat this disease and normalize the count of red blood cells and folic acid in the body. The vast majority of ailments, especially the most common ones, can be treated naturally and without medicine and almost all of them are simply diet problems, having a balanced diet and eating some superfoods help our body be healthy.
This section is a guide to know the treatments for certain ailments but under no circumstances should you stop consulting a health professional with regard to the treatments, since there are many variants and causes in disease and it is essential to consult a professional about our particular situation, we simply want to have this valuable information at your disposal.
How to fight anemia with natural remedies
- Watercress Smoothie: this plant is rich in non-heme iron (this type of iron is not completely absorbed), so to make the most of the iron it contains, you can prepare liquefied watercress and orange. To do this, place a handful of watercress leaves, next to 2 peeled and seedless oranges and 1 teaspoon of brewer’s yeast. Add water, if the liquid is thick. Drink this smoothie 1 to 2 times a day at breakfast and/or snack. This shake contains iron, vitamin C (to fix iron) and vitamin B complex (in yeast) essential for anemia due to lack of folic acid.
- Juice chicory, grapefruit or grapefruit and bee pollen. Like the other home remedy for anemia, you take a handful of chicory, along with 1 large grapefruit or 2 small ones. You add the pollen and liquefies. Once ready you drink 2 times a day. Chicory is a plant rich in iron, grapefruit a fruit rich in vitamin C and pollen rich in vitamins B complex and iron.
- Dandelion and lemon juice: this plant contains iron necessary to treat anemia. To do this, place 100 gr. of dandelion root in 1 litre of water. Let boil for 20 minutes. Once ready, blend and add the juice of a lemon. You can sweeten it with maple syrup or agave syrup. It is suggested to drink 2 times a day.
- Rooibos or South African red tea: is an infusion, whose consumption has become popular, from its benefits to lower cholesterol and its slimming properties, among others. María Aldehuela Lucena discusses one of the lesser-known applications of rooibos, its use against anemia, thanks to its rich content of iron and vitamin C.
- Dates help the treatment of anemia in different ways. On the one hand, its high content of pantothenic acid or vitamin B5, necessary for the transformation of fats and carbohydrates into energy, alleviates the symptoms of anemia, related to permanent fatigue and exhaustion. In addition, the high content of iron dates, make them an ideal supplement, especially indicated in the diet for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia. On the other hand, the dates contain copper, which is involved in the formation of haemoglobin in the blood.
To increase the effectiveness of these natural remedies against anemia, it is important that you consume them right away otherwise the vitamins and minerals may be lost and the effect would be much less.
- The phytate present in the bran of wheat, oats, corn and other cereals strongly inhibits the absorption of non-heme iron by interacting with it, leaving it less soluble and therefore more difficult to absorb.
- The phenolic compounds found in tea, coffee, red wine, some leafy vegetables, nuts and legumes are inhibitors of iron absorption.
- The calcium interferes with the absorption of iron, although its mechanism is still unknown.