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What Is Anemia : Causes, Symptoms, Foods to Cure Iron Deficiency

Updated on February 7, 2019
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As a parent, Chitrangada writes to spread awareness regarding common health problems in children, and suggests tried and tested solutions.

Spinach—A rich source of Iron
Spinach—A rich source of Iron | Source
Greens for Iron rich food
Greens for Iron rich food | Source

How to correct Anaemia, especially for vegetarians?

Are you an Anaemic?

My friend's daughter, aged around sixteen, wanted to donate blood, at a blood donation camp, in her school. When clinically tested, her sample of blood was found to be, quite low in Haemoglobin, and she was declared unfit, to donate blood.

  • All women, and men too, of whatever age, need Iron to maintain the health of the RBC. That is the red blood cells, which provide the vital service, of carrying the oxygen, breathed in by the lungs, to all the tissues of the body.
  • When due to some reason or the other, the number of red cells, with their iron supply is decreased, the way in which oxygen is supplied to the tissues, becomes less efficient. As a result, the body feels short of energy.
  • There can be various reasons, which may cause anaemia in adolescents, pregnant women and elderly persons.
  • Reasons ranging from poor diet, blood loss due to accidents, internal bleeding or stomach ulcer, can lead to Anaemic conditions.
  • In the initial stages, it can be corrected by the recommended diet, by your physician. But in acute deficiency, some supplements must be given, to correct Anaemia.

Symptoms of Anaemia
Symptoms of Anaemia | Source

Symptoms of Anaemia:

Symptoms:

  • Have you been feeling tired, or fatigued, without any convincing reason?
  • Do you have heavier periods?
  • Do you sometimes feel, sudden black out?
  • Have you gained weight, or experienced hair fall problem?
  • Do you sometimes feel, shortness of breath?

There is a possibility, that you are suffering from the most common form of Anemia/ Anaemia---that is caused by the deficiency of 'iron' in your food.

The best option is to get your blood examined, to make sure, whether you have iron deficiency, or anaemia, or not.

You must take medical advice, in this regard, and take supplements, if your doctor suggests so.

This condition, frequently occurs in women, at the onset of puberty, during the childbearing years, and sometimes well beyond menopause.

But the good news is, that it can be corrected.

Foods to prevent anemia
Foods to prevent anemia | Source
Nuts are excellent to treat anemia
Nuts are excellent to treat anemia | Source
Jaggery is very beneficial if there is anemic conditions. This is helpful if small kids have anemic conditions
Jaggery is very beneficial if there is anemic conditions. This is helpful if small kids have anemic conditions | Source

Delicious smoothie to treat anemia

Kitchen solutions to prevent and cure anemia

Solutions:

Take Iron Rich Foods:

1. Start taking Iron supplements, IF your doctor advises;

2. Your daily diet should include enough of various iron providing food, such as meat, particularly liver, eggs, cheese, green vegetables,, dried fruits etc.

3. Green grapes, apple, spinach carrot and beetroot juice, gooseberry-green or dried, radish are some of food items which are very beneficial to correct anaemia. Beetroot juice combined with carrot juice is very beneficial to correct anaemic conditions.

4. Raisins, fresh or dried dates, almonds and other nuts are also very good to cure common anaemic conditions.

5 Sprouted Chick peas or what we call kala chana in India, is quite beneficial in common anaemic conditions.

6. Fenugreek seeds and fenugreek leaves are also good source of iron. They can be cooked in making bread/ chapati/ parathas.

7. Jaggery is another good source of iron. Taking jaggery instead of sugar cuts down on calories too.

Consult Your Doctor, In Case Your Haemoglobin Is Low:

Seek Medical Advice, If You Notice Symptoms:

  • If at all, you feel fatigue, dizziness or exhaustion, you must seek medical advice and the required pathological tests to determine, whether you are anaemic or not.
  • As a corrective measure, You may be prescribed with certain supplements.
  • Anaemia takes time to get corrected, may be few months. Meanwhile, you can continue taking Iron rich food items.
  • Your doctor is the best person to advise you, if you are anaemic.
  • WHO has taken various measures to tackle the Anaemic conditions all over the world.

Do you include Iron rich food items in your daily diet?

See results

Anaemia remedies, source: You tube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB for reading and appreciating the hub! Yes with a little thought and care we can easily include Iron in our diet and avoid taking supplements for the same.

      Many thanks for your support and comments!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      23 months ago from USA

      I am glad to see how easy it is to get the iron needed in my diet. Excellent information... very helpful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you mariexotoni, for reading and commenting!

      Its good to get your blood examined to know, whether you have deficiency or not. Girls do require more of Iron rich foods for obvious reasons, Periods, child birth etc. Including dark green vegetables and nuts in your daily food is very beneficial and fulfills your daily requirement of Iron.Meanwhile you should continue taking healthy foods and consult your doctor, if at all you need supplements.

      Thanks and take care!

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      mariexotoni 

      4 years ago

      Useful and voted up! Always looking for new ways to add iron to my diet. I do not think I am anemic (although my mother was at one point), but I believe my focus and attention is suffering when I do not intake enough iron.

      Think I'll start adding Fenugreek seeds to my daily salads!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Beth, for visiting this hub and your kind words of appreciation! I am glad you liked the information.

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      Beth37 

      5 years ago

      You have many wonderful hubs. You have a lot of good, practical knowledge. Thank you for sharing. :)

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks thelyricwriter, for reading the hub and your kind comments!

      I am glad you found the information useful and informative.

      Many thanks for voting up and sharing!

      Have a good day!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Chitrangada, another great article fully detailed with useful information. I've heard of anemia before and know a little, but your article has taught me a lot. Very detailed ideas and tips to help. Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared on FB. Best wishes :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Marsha Musselman1!

      I am glad you found the information useful. Nice to see you again. Keep coming in.

      Have a good day!

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      Marsha Musselman 

      5 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Thanks for the heads up on how I might have links to other people's hubs. I was wondering why so many of those links never commented on the article they appeared on. What you said makes a lot more sense. I still plan on visiting the hubs I find as I might find someone's hub, like yours that maybe I wouldn't have found otherwise.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Marsha Musselman, for your visit and insightful comments!

      I am glad you found it useful enough to refer it to your friend. Please send her my best wishes too.

      I am pleased to know that you were impressed by my other hubs as well. It is strange, I have not visited your profile before. But I did today, after reading your comments. Sometimes, some hubber may visit your page, from my page, by clicking on 'Discover more hubs' at the bottom of each hub. That is how my profile may have appeared.

      Anyway I am glad, we found each other.

      Even I liked your hubs very much.

      Regarding your suggestion about spelling, Thanks!

      Have a good day!

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      Marsha Musselman 

      5 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Good hub, Chitrangada,

      I have a friend at work that is getting iron transfusions, or something along those lines for her low iron. I hadn't thought about asking whether she eats iron rich foods or not.

      I'm going to email her this hub address.

      I would like to suggest that you spell anemia the way we do here in America, otherwise your spelling and writing is impeccable.

      I'm impressed by your wide range of hubs dealing not only with foods and issues in your own country, but things many people the world over deal with.

      I found your hub while checking out my stats and seeing that you visited one of my hubs.

      Voting up and useful and pinning.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks zanaworld, for reading the hub and your feedback!

      I appreciate your inputs here and your advise that in any case, if anaemic conditions are diagnosed, one must seek medical advice. I have also mentioned it in my hub, in my concluding paragraph.

      Many thanks for your insightful comments!

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      SA Shameel 

      5 years ago from Bangalore

      Dear ChitrangadaSharan:

      Good article on anemia. But caution here... anemia is caused due to lack of RBC, which you rightly said carries oxygen to our bodies giving energy.

      Anemia can be Iron deficiency anemia. But in some cases, I can be Sickle cell anemia, in such case, the chances of iron overload will be there. In this case, Iron supplement is not advisable. In beta-thalassemia, the person gets frequent blood transfusion to replace their lost blood. Frequent blood transfusion increases iron in the body, and the same have to be removed through IV medicines.

      For any anemia, please seek doctor's (hematologist) advise.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much for your visit and comments. I am glad you liked it.

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      Ageing.... needforhealth.wordpress.com 

      6 years ago

      Great hub . your suggestion are very useful to anaemic persons . I liked your presentation very much . Thanks.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Seeker7, for your visit and comments. I am glad you found it informative. Wish you good health. Take care.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      An excellent hub with great advice.

      I have always suffered from anaemia, since my young teen years and it's very unpleasant. I think whoever reads your hub will benefit greatly from the advice you have given.

      Very interesting and informative + voted up!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for your visit. Your comments are much appreciated.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Deb Welch!

      Thanks for taking interest in the hub. I am glad you found it useful and interesting. Take care.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Voted up!! Information that can help most people in these situations thanks

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      Deb Welch 

      6 years ago

      I had been anemic for many years up into my 30's - and always took either prescription iron or iron supplements and still the supplement but not on a daily basis. Useful and Interesting Hub. I didn't know dates were full of iron - I love them. Thanks. UP.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Lee Ripper!

      Thanks for stopping by and appreciating this article. I am glad you found it helpful.

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      Lee Ripper 

      6 years ago

      Hello Chitrangada Sharan! This is a very good article which can help people - I learned something :)

      Thanks for sharing!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks samnashy, for visiting and commenting. You are right, red meat is a good source of iron. In fact, correcting anaemia is easier for non vegetarians rather than vegetarians. Thanks again.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks unknown spy, for visiting and commenting. You must take medical advice. I am sure, it can be corrected, even if it takes a little more time than usual. Anaemic conditions are a little stubborn to get cured fast. But with constant care and by following doctor's advice, you will definitely feel better. Night shifts just drain your energy. Wish you good health.

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      Sam Graham 

      6 years ago from Australia

      red meat excellent source of iron too, but that's of course if not vegetarian or vegan. Thanks for sharing.

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      ever since i am anemic...then my situation worsen when i worked on the night shift. im always like feel so tired and dizzy, very pale and skinny. took also iron supplements..

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