According to MayoClinic,Oxygen and other important nutrients in the body of every living organism are distributed through the blood. Blood also plays other crucial bodily functions, including the warding off of foreign materials that can cause ailments, eliminating waste and toxins through the kidneys, and movement of hormones from their site of production to where they are needed.Thus, when blood production is negatively impacted, it may have many untoward effects on the body. One significant condition that affects blood production is anaemia, which refers to low levels of red blood cells in the body. According to the Cleveland Clinic, when anaemia occurs, there is an insufficient amount of healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen and other nutrients to organs in the body.One of the best ways to prevent anaemia and its attendant symptoms (such as extreme tiredness and weakness, pale or yellowish appearance of the skin, shortness of breath, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, and lightheadedness or dizziness), is by increasing your intake of certain fruits and vegetables, whose intake has been found to have positive effects on blood production.
1. Iron-rich foods
According to Medicalnewstoday, low levels of haemoglobin can be corrected by an increased intake of iron-rich foods. This is because iron helps boost haemoglobin levels and this helps increase red blood cell levels. Iron-rich foods that can help in that regard are red meat, organ meats (kidney and liver), beans, egg yolk, spinach, and other green leafy vegetables.
2. Folate-rich foods
Folate is required to produce heme, one of the major components of haemoglobin. Thus, when there are low levels of folate in the body, there is a significant reduction in the production of red blood cells, leading to folate-deficiency anaemia. Folate-rich foods you can eat to boost your red blood cells include beef, spinach, lettuce, and avocados. In addition, folate can be derived from the likes of rice, peanuts, black-eyed peas, and kidney beans.
3. Vitamin C-rich foods
For adequate production of red blood cells, you must consume foods that help boost iron absorption. One way to boost your body's ability to absorb iron is by increasing your vitamin C intake. A few examples of fruits and vegetables with a high vitamin C content include citrus fruits (orange, lemon, tangerines, grapes), green leafy vegetables, and strawberries.
4. Vitamin A-rich foods
Just like vitamin C, vitamin A is also required to boost iron absorption and use of iron by your body, and as such, it is equally important that you increase your intake of vitamin A. Fruits and vegetables with high levels of vitamin A include carrots, sweet potatoes, and mangoes. Other important dietary sources of vitamin A include fish and liver.
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