Iron deficiency anemia - Anemia - iron deficiency
The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency. Iron is needed to form hemoglobin. Iron is mostly stored in the body in the hemoglobin. About 30 percent of iron is also stored as ferritin and hemosiderin in the bone marrow, spleen, and liver.
Anemia Natural Remedies
Author: Edward F. Group III, D.C., Ph.D, N.D.,CCN, DACBN
The blood in our bodies is composed of
three types of cells: Red blood cells, White blood cells, and Platelets
that circulate throughout the body. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin (Hb),
a red, iron-rich protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to all of
the body's muscles and organs. Oxygen provides the energy the body needs
for all of its normal activities.
Six tests make up a CBC:
Red blood cell (RBC) count
The hematocrit is a very convenient way to determine whether the red blood cell count is too high, too low, or normal. The hematocrit is specifically a measure of how much of the blood is made of red cells. The hematocrit is often done by pricking the finger and drawing a drop of blood up into a thin glass tube. Another way is to draw a tube of blood from the arm.
The RBCs in the sample of blood are
packed down by spinning the tube in a centrifuge under prescribed
conditions. The proportion of the tube that consists of RBCs is then
measured. Let's say that it is 45%. The hematocrit is 45.
Anemia can become worse if it is not treated, and it can lead to potentially serious, even life-threatening complications. When the number of red blood cells decreases, the heart works harder, pumping more blood to send more oxygen throughout the body. If the heart works too hard, it can develop a rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), and/or another serious condition known as left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), an enlargement of the heart muscle that in turn can lead to heart failure.
Here is a list of some of the causes of anemia:
Symptoms of Anemia
Anemia can be hard to spot because some symptoms could be the result of a serious disease or even medication side effects. As anemia gets worse the persons quality of life suffers.
People with anemia lack energy to do simple things and enjoy hobbies or other leisure activities, or even to complete basic tasks at home or at work. If the person has a serious disease on top of it, fatigue, weakness and other symptoms associated with anemia can make living unbearable.
Major symptoms of anemia include:
Natural Remedy Suggestons:
Healthy Diet - Do not eat spinach, rhubarb, tomatoes, or chocolate. These foods are high in oxalic acid, a substance that inhibits your body's ability to absorb iron. Other iron blockers are sodas, dairy products, coffee and black tea. Avoid cow's milk which can cause hidden bleeding in the intestinal tract. Do not follow fad diets. Eat plenty of organic vegetables and fruits. Foods to include are green leafy vegetables, cashews, cherries, strawberries, figs, kelp and organic eggs. Include a spoonful of blackstrap molasses every day. Cook in cast-iron pots and pans.
Spirulina - 2,000 mg daily. Stimulates the bone marrow production of red blood cells.
Vitamin C - 250 - 500 mg with each dose of iron.
Yellow Dock - 1 capsule or 20 drops of tincture with every meal. Improves iron absorption.
Vitamin B12 - 1,000 to 2,000 mcg daily in the sublingual methylcobalamin form.
Iron - 50-100 mg of a well-absorbed form of iron, such as iron citrate, gluconate, glycinate, or fumarate. Take 1 to 2 times daily.
Betaine HCL - Increases stomach acid. Take 1 capsule with each meal.
Enzymes - 2 capsules with each meal. Helps with the digestion of food and nutrients.
Commercial preparation containing dandelion, pau d-arco and nettle leaf - These herbs leach iron from the soil and there have a high mineral density.
To improve circulation: eucalyptus, ginger, black pepper and rosemary. Dilute with a carrier oil for a stimulating massage.
Uplifting Effect: Diffuse geranium or jasmine.
Because the symptoms of anemia are easily confused with the symptoms of other conditions, it is important to see a doctor for an evaluation if you are experiencing significant fatigue or other signs and symptoms listed above, or if you already have a serious disease. It is better to attempt to treat anemia after a sure diagnosis has been made as too much iron in the body may cause serious health concerns.