What you need to eat to increase blood platelets

In some cases it is possible to solve a thrombocytopenia problem (low platelets) simply by changing one's diet and lifestyle.

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Thrombocytopenia refers to the condition in which there is too low a quantity of platelets in the blood, essential components for clotting. In some cases it is possible to solve (or at least alleviate) the problem simply by changing one's diet and lifestyle.

I know if you notice the appearance of bruises on the body and you don't have a precise idea of ​​why they went out, it is very likely that this unusual situation is due to platelet levels that are too low (below 150 units). Platelets are cells found in the blood whose main function is to stop bleeding by clotting when any injury occurs.

Even if you have heavy bleeding that does not stop promptly, the condition could be due to thrombocytopenia or low platelet counts. Other symptoms it can cause are fatigue, heavy menstruation as well as bleeding gums and nose.

There may be several causes behind this problem. The bone marrow may produce a low amount of platelets for several reasons:

  • folic acid deficiency
  • vitamin B12 deficiency
  • presence of aplastic anemia
  • presence of leukemia (blood cancer)
  • presence of other diseases

But the problem could also be due to an increase in platelet breakdown in the bloodstream or to dysfunction in the spleen or liver.

Obviously, it must be a doctor to establish, after the necessary analyzes, what is the triggering cause of the problem but, in case the low platelets are due to vitamin deficiencies, it is certainly possible to act by changing one's diet, favoring a diet rich in nutrients.

What to eat in case of thrombocytopenia

In general, to improve a thrombocytopenia situation one should avoid the intake of too many sugars and fats choosing instead to increase the consumption of seasonal fruit and vegetables.

It is recommended to take foods that contain vitamin K, which is important in the coagulation process and has strong anti-inflammatory properties, as well as foods rich in folic acid and vitamin B12.

But let's see specifically the most suitable foods to deal with platelet deficiency:

  • Lentil soup: thanks to the high content of iron, potassium and fiber, this food can be excellent for increasing the platelet count in the blood.
  • Cruciferae, chard and spinach: Eating broccoli, kale, chard and spinach daily (foods rich in vitamin K) helps maintain healthy bones and benefits blood clotting. Spinach, in particular, rich in iron and vitamins E helps produce hemoglobin.
  • Oats and barley: cereals rich in beta-glucan to be consumed 3 times during the day as they are excellent for increasing platelets.
  • Celery and carrot: even these two vegetables eaten raw can help in case of low platelets.
  • Citrus and Kiwi: and more generally, all fruit with a high content of vitamin C is useful in dealing with a condition of thrombocytopenia.
  • Garlic: in addition to fighting bacterial infections, allicin contained in garlic prevents the formation of blood clots.
  • Coconut water: useful to hydrate but also to increase platelets as it is rich in potassium and electrolytes.

It can also help a lot to maintain a balanced lifestyle, remembering to drink a lot, rest properly and do regular physical activity.

Read also:

  • Low platelets: symptoms, causes and how to intervene
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