Red Blood Cells or RBC is an extremely important constituent of the body without which an individual will not be able to survive even for a moment. Red Blood Cells not only carry nutrients to all the parts of the body but also help the vital organs of the body to function normally. Sometimes, what happens is that the body does not produce adequate amounts of RBCs or Red Blood Cells. This can be due to any medical condition like anemia but when this happens then people end up having very little energy to do things. Even daily tasks become a challenge for them. They will feel as if they do not have the power and endurance to do tasks. This happens because the body does not have the necessary nutrients to provide energy to the body to perform tasks. This is an indication that the body is not producing enough Red Blood Cells or RBCs.

5 Types of Foods that Increase Red Blood Cells or RBC Count

5 Types of Foods that Increase Red Blood Cell or RBC Count

As stated above, it is very essential to maintain an adequate level of Red Blood Cells or RBCs for normal functioning of the body and for the individual to function in his or her daily life. For this, dietary habits play an important role. When the body is not making enough Red Blood Cells or RBCs then eating a diet which helps boost the production of Red Blood Cells or RBCs is the best way to stay healthy. Below mentioned are five types of foods which increase Red Blood Cells or RBCs.

  1. Green Vegetables

    Green vegetables like cabbage, spinach, broccoli boost the iron levels in the body due to which there is a significant increase in the levels of hemoglobin which in turn increases the production of Red Blood Cells or RBCs. Green vegetables not only increase the iron content in the body but also provide vital nutrients to the body which keeps the body fit and healthy. Once the production of Red Blood Cells or RBCs increase as RBCs are the primary carriers of oxygen to different parts of the body hence more oxygen is carried to vital organs of the body making them function more normally and keeping other medical conditions at bay. Other foods that are rich in iron content which boost hemoglobin levels in the body are legumes, green leafy vegetables, beans, egg yolks, and dried raisins. Daily intake of such foods even in smaller amounts two to three times a day goes a long way in increasing Red Blood Cell or RBC Count in the body.

  2. Beans and Whole Grains

    Beans and whole grains increase the levels of copper in the body. Copper plays a vital role in increasing the production of hemoglobin in the body which in turn increases Red Blood Cell or RBC Count. One thing that needs to be taken care of is that copper intake should be maintained in such a way that it does not become too high and reach toxic levels which may have adverse effects on the body. For a normal adult, 900 mcg of copper on a daily basis is good enough to boost production of hemoglobin and in turn increase production of Red Blood Cell or RBC Count. Other foods that contain copper are shellfish, cherries, poultry meat, liver, chocolates, and nuts

  3. Nuts, Lentils, and Cereals

    Nuts, lentils, and cereals contain folic acid which is an important nutrient required by the body to increase the production of Red Blood Cells or RBCs. Some of the other foods that are rich in folic acid are bread, peas, beans, green leafy vegetables. These types of foods can supply an approximate amount of 100 to 250 mcg of folic acid daily. Apart from having a significant role in boosting Red Blood Cell or RBC Count it also plays an important role in repair of damaged cells.

  4. Fruits Such as Grapes, Squash, Watermelon

    Grapes, squash, watermelon have Vitamin A in them. Vitamin A goes a long way in facilitating increased production of Red Blood Cells or RBCs from the bone marrow. Some of the other foods which are rich in vitamin A are carrots, green leafy vegetables, sweet potato, plum, apricots, and cantaloupe melons.

  5. Lemon

    Lemon has Vitamin C in it which facilitates an increase in the capacity of the body to absorb iron. Hence it is important to add a little bit of lemon in your diet so as to boost production of Red Blood Cell or RBC Count in the body. Another fruit rich in vitamin C is Guava.

    Apart from these 5 types of foods mentioned above, people suffering from conditions that arise due to low Red Blood Cell or RBC Count, iron supplements may also be taken as prescribed by the primary care physician to boost the levels of Red Blood Cell or RBC Count. It should be noted here that iron taken excessively may also have adverse effects on the body and hence the individual needs to consult with a dietician or a nutritionist before embarking on a iron rich diet so that they get the nutrition in the best possible and balanced way such that they have an appropriate levels of Red Blood Cells or RBCs.

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: July 4, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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