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plateletMost nutritious foods  that help improve your immune system and reduce inflammation can help build platelets.Platelets play a fundamental role in hemostasis and are a natural source of growth factors. If the number of platelets is too low, excessive bleeding can occur.

If you need to raise your platelet count, it can safely be assumed that you are suffering from anaemia of some kind. If this is the case, then it is important that you get a medical examination which tells you the exact nature of your problem so you can take the correct kind of medication required to take care of the situation. However,

Natural Ways to Stimulate Platelet Counts

Here are some categories of nutritious foods to help increase your platelet count.

Anti-oxidant foods:

  • Blueberries, pomegranate, tomotoes, and all berry fruits help increase the platelet level. The quantity to be consumed should be equivalent to one cup of blueberries per day. But, allergic hives is the most common response to berries. Eliminate this food if you are allergic to berries.
  • Fruits such as oranges and sweet lime contain dietary vitamin C that is easily absorbed by the body. These fruits help to restore the body’s platelet levels.
  • Carrots, squash, tomatoes and broccoli are vitamin-A-rich antioxidant foods.
  • Papaya extract. Drink the bitter extract from a papaya leaf. Two leaves without the stalk can yield approximately two tablespoons of the extract.

Leafy greens

  • Leafy greens such as kale, collards, and sea weed contain large amounts of calcium, minerals and vitamin K that help blood clotting.
  • Amaranth, drumstick leaves and dried fenugreek leaves, too, may help improve the platelet count.

Omega-3 fatty acid foods: Use olive oil or canola oil for cooking or baking. These are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil is also a good source of omega-3.

Organic foods: Organic foods don’t contain pesticides and herbicides that may increase autoimmune diseases and lower platelets. They don’t contain additives and preservatives that can increase toxic free radicals in the body causing inflammatory diseases.

Whole grain foods: Whole grain foods, such as brown rice and whole wheat and their products, are rich in nutrients that help build platelets. Processed food grains are stripped of their natural nutrients that help in fighting disease.

Vegetable proteins and lean proteins: Opt for vegetable proteins such as beans, nuts and seeds. Dried figs, dates, raisins are good source of anti-oxidants as well. Fish is the only animal protein that may help platelet rise. Other animal proteins usually contain residual antibiotics and saturated fats.

Foods to Avoid or Eliminate

What you shouldn’t eat depends very much on what caused your low platelet count in the first place, your body constitution, and foods that generally reduce platelet levels.

Avoid alcohol: Alcoholic beverages can damage bone marrow. Foods and drinks containing quinine too can lower platelets.

Avoid greasy foods and transfats: Greasy or fried foods and fast foods disturb the acid-alkali balance in the body as these are overly acidic. Avoid foods such as cakes, crackers, dips or spreads, granola bars, and ice-cream that contain transfats.

Avoid or reduce sugars: Refined sugar, fructose, corn syrup, honey, and fruit juices promote acidic diseases. Avoid or limit their intake.

Avoid or reduce dairy products: Dairy foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese, and ice-cream contribute to mucus formation that may aggravate autoimmune diseases. Eliminate these foods especially if you are dairy-allergic or if you are lactose sensitive.

REFERENCES:

  1. http://www.pdsa.org/itp-treatments/food-as-cure.html
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19915811
Last modified on Monday, 13 August 2012 06:23
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