What is Anemia?


Anemia is a blood disorder common in women, it is caused by an iron deficiency that results in a low hemoglobin count. People who suffer from anemia feel lethargic and usually lack the energy to be productive in their daily lives. By eating food and taking vitamin supplements that are rich in iron, you may be able to successfully treat anemia.

Treat Vitamin-Deficiency Anemia

1.      Schedule a visit with your doctor to determine if you have one of the anemias that are caused by a vitamin deficiency. Your doctor will perform blood work that will isolate certain anemia based on hemoglobin concentration, red blood cell counts and red blood cell size and distribution.

2.      Ask your doctor to help you develop a diet plan that will incorporate vitamin-rich foods, as well as an effective vitamin and mineral supplement, in order to treat your vitamin-deficiency anemia. While many anemias are caused by an iron deficiency, high dosages of B-12 have also resulted in an improvement in hemoglobin and red blood cell levels. Folic acid and vitamin C should also be considered in any type of supplement, since these substances aid the body in its ability to absorb iron.

3.      Eat foods that are high in vitamin B-12, such as eggs, dairy products, meat and shellfish. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you should consider dry cereals that have been fortified with B-12.

4.      Add foods to your diet that are high in vitamin C. These include broccoli, spinach, kiwifruit, guava, Brussels sprouts, citrus fruits, red pepper and parsley. Note that high dosages of vitamin C, when mixed with iron supplements, may increase the chances of developing iron poisoning, so check with your doctor on an appropriate daily dose level.

5.      Determine if you feel an improvement in your condition after using vitamin and mineral supplements to treat your anemia. You should notice an improvement in your stamina, as well as a healthier tone to your skin. Your nail beds should become less brittle and your nails should resume normal growth patterns.