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How to Increase Hemoglobin Levels Naturally [Ranges, Causes, Symptoms and Remedies]

Feb 29th 2020 at 10:48 PM

Hemoglobin is a protein molecule, found in body’s red blood cells and responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the whole body. It is necessary to maintain hemoglobin in the blood at its normal levels for your body to function smoothly.

Apart from this, hemoglobin also carries carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the cells and into the lungs. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is then released as a person breathe-out or exhales.

If you have low hemoglobin levels in the blood stream, it can be difficult for your body to perform these functions properly.

When the level of hemoglobin drops, it can cause weakness, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, dizziness and rapid heartbeat. The decreasing levels of hemoglobin may leads to a condition, known as anemia.

In this article, we will cover how to increase hemoglobin levels naturally, its normal ranges, causes and symptoms of low hemoglobin levels.

Here we’re going to list some natural ways to restore your hemoglobin to normal levels.

How to Increase Hemoglobin?

A person can boost their hemoglobin levels at home by:

1. Increase Iron Intake

Iron helps your body to boost the production of hemoglobin, which also helps to form more red blood cells in the body.

So, the person with reduced levels of hemoglobin may take the advantage by consuming more iron-rich foods.

Iron-rich foods include:

  • Green leafy vegetables, like kale and spinach
  • Tofu
  • Asparagus
  • Beetroot
  • Oysters
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Dates (khajoor)
  • Almonds
  • Raisins
  • Amla
  • Fruits like apple, pomegranate and watermelon
  • Apricot
  • Peanut Butter
  • Broccoli
  • Nut and Seeds
  • Prunes, chicken liver, seafood and beef
  • Whole Eggs

2. Increase Folate Intake

Folate or folic acid is a type of vitamin B, which plays an important role in hemoglobin production.

Our body uses folate to produce heme, which is a component of hemoglobin itself that helps to carry oxygen throughout the body.

If you don’t get enough folate, the red blood cells will not be able to get mature. It can lead to the condition folate-deficiency anemia and low hemoglobin levels.

Folate rich foods include:

Beetroot is also highly recommended to increase red blood cell count in the body as it is high in folate as well as in ironpotassium and fibers.

3. Maximize Iron Absorption

Consuming iron rich foods or supplements is important to boost hemoglobin levels, but it is more important to absorb that iron properly.

Vitamin C helps your body to absorb more iron. So, you can consume foods that are rich in vitamin C.

Vitamin C rich foods include:

  • Strawberries
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Oranges
  • Lemon
  • Papaya
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Grapefruit
  • Tomatoes

Vitamin A and beta-carotene can aid the body in absorbing and using iron.

Vitamin A supplements can help your body to process iron, but it’s dangerous if too much is consumed.

Excess dosage of vitamin A may lead to hypervitaminosis A. Symptoms of hypervitaminosis A include joint and bone pain, increased pressure within the brain and severe headaches.

Vitamin A rich foods include:

  • Fish
  • Kale and Collards
  • Liver
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Squash

Beta-carotene Rich Foods:

Beta-carotene is usually found in orange, yellow and red fruits and vegetables, such as:

  • Carrots
  • Mangoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Cantaloupes
  • Squash

4. Taking Iron Supplements

Doctors advise to take iron supplements to a person with extremely low levels of hemoglobin.

The dosage of these supplements depend on a person’s hemoglobin levels. Iron supplements increase the levels of iron gradually over a few weeks. But, it’s recommended to consult your doctor over the time. READ MORE>>>

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