our Health Index for More Subjects, Conditions and
Just tell me what to do for anemia
Anemia is the reduction of either the number of red
blood cells, or the amount of hemoglobin in the red
blood cells. This results in a decrease in the amount
of oxygen that the blood is able to carry.
Anemia reduces the amount of oxygen available in the
cells of the body. As a result, you have less energy
available to perform normal functions.
Important processes, such as muscular activity and
cell building and repair, slow down and become less
efficient. When the brain lacks oxygen,
dizziness may result, and mental faculties are less
What causes anemia?
Anything that causes a deficiency in the formation
or production of red blood cells, or that leads to the
too rapid destruction of red blood cells, can result
Drug use, hormonal disorders, chronic inflammation
of the body, surgery, infections, peptic ulcers,
hemorrhoids, diverticular disease, heavy menstrual
bleeding, liver damage, thyroid disorders, rheumatoid
arthritis, bone marrow disease and dietary
deficiencies (especially deficiencies of iron, folic
acid, and vitamins B6 and B12) can all lead to
anemia. There are also a number of hereditary
disorders, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia,
that cause anemia. Pernicious anemia is a severe
form of anemia that is due to vitamins B12
deficiency. Persons with this disorder cannot
absorb any form of vitamins B12 from the
The most common cause
The most common cause of anemia is iron
Iron is an important factor in
anemia because this mineral is used to make
hemoglobin. the component of red blood cells that
attaches to oxygen and transports it. Red blood
cells exist only to oxygenate the body m and have a
life span of about 120 days.
If a person lacks
sufficient iron, the formation of red blood cells in
Iron deficiency anemia can be cause by
insufficient iron intake and/or absorption., or by
significant blood loss. Significant blood loss
is common with
women who suffer from heavy blood flow during their
menstrual period, which is often due to a hormonal
imbalance, fibroid tumors, or uterine cancer.
Women who use anti-inflammatory medications such as
aspirin or ibuprofen, which can cause blood loss
through irritation of the digestive tract.
Excessive aspirin usage, particularly by elderly people,
may cause internal bleeding.
are also know to be a problem.
Signs and symptoms of Anemia
The first signs of developing anemia maybe loss of
appetite, constipation, headaches, irritability, and
or difficulty in concentrating. Established
anemia can produce such symptoms as weakness, fatigue,
coldness of extremities, depression, dizziness, pallor
(most notable pale and brittle nails, lips, and
eyelids), soreness in the mouth, and in women,
cessation of menstruation.
Anemia can be a symptom of an underlying disease
such as arthritis, infection and other major illness.
It should therefore be investigated to see find what
inflammation is lurking in the body.
Anemia caused peripheral neuropathy (Nerve
A diet that lacks iron, folic acid (folate),
or vitamin B12 can prevent your body from making
enough red blood cells. A deficiency of iron can
effect nerve conduction. A lack of B12 damages the
myelin sheath that surrounds and protect nerves.
Without this protection, nerves cease to function
properly and conditions such as peripheral neuropathy
occur. Even B12 deficiency that is relatively mild may
affect the nervous system and the proper functioning
of the brain. The nerve damage caused by a lack of B12
may become permanently debilitating, if the underlying
condition is not treated. Go
(nerve damage) for more information.
What to do for anemia?
Iron is an essential mineral .
Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that
carries oxygen to the body’s tissues.
contains almost two-thirds of the iron level in your
body. Becoming deficient in iron will
Iron absorption refers to the amount of dietary
iron that the body obtains from food. Healthy adults
absorb about 15% of the iron in their diet,
but actual absorption is influenced by the body’s
iron stores, the type of iron in the diet, and by
other dietary factors that either help or hinder iron
It is most important to include foods that
enhance iron absorption when total daily iron
intake is insufficient, when iron losses are
exceptionally high, or when no iron is usually
Foods: Include in your diet
apples, apricots, asparagus, banana, broccoli, egg
yolks, kelp, leafy green, okra, parsley, peas, plums,
prunes, purpose grapes, raisins, rice brand, squash,
turnip greens, whole grains and yams. Also
eat foods high in vitamin C to enhance iron
Eat food high in oxalic acid in moderation or
eliminate them as oxalic acid interferes with iron
absorption. Foods high in oxalic acid include
almonds, cashews, chocolate, cocoa, kale, rhubarb,
soda, sorrel, spinach, Swiss chard, and most nuts and
Avoid: beer, candy bars, dairy products, ice
cream, and soft drinks. They interfere with iron
absorption as does coffee and tea. Avoid
If you are taking iron supplements, do not take
calcium, vitamin E, zinc or antacids as the same time
as you take your supplements. They interfere
with iron absorption.
MegaFood Blood Builder Tablets
Promotes healthy blood cell production and circulation
Naturally combats fatigue and improves energy levels
Helps maintain healthy iron levels in the blood
Organic beet root nourishes the blood
Promotes healthy blood cell production and circulation*
Organic beet root nourishes the blood*
Easy to digest and non-constipating
MegaFood Blood Builder is the number one selling whole food iron supplement designed to help maintain healthy iron levels and red blood cell production.
Blood Builder remains to be one of most highly recommended products because it works well for individuals who need to supplement the iron in their diet.
Blood Builder is crafted with nourishing FoodState Nutrients, which provide the recommended daily requirements of non-heme iron, folate and B12. It also contains vitamin C to enhance iron bioavailability and utilization plus organic beet root, a natural source of deep-red pigments traditionally known to nourish, purify and strengthen the blood.
MegaFood has received the Non-GMO Project Verified seal from the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project is a third party certification program that assures a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO (genetically modified organism) avoidance.
MegaFood Blood Builder
Omega 3 Fish Oil
- Omega 3 essential fatty acids will protect the cells and is recommended when
someone has anemia.
For a good quality
brand go to WSN®
Cold Water Fish Oil You
need the high amounts of EPA & DHA i.e. the
essential fatty acids.
Getting on a good
healthy diet is the key to health and under cutting
all your health conditions - What
is a Healthy Diet?
AND GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED.
If you would like to receive the McVitamins Newsletter,
Sign up here: Newsletter Signup
take privacy and security seriously, read about it
Tips Health Concerns
. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of this website in full or in part is prohibited without the express written permission of McVitamins
We have used our best judgment in compiling this information. The Food and Drug Administration may not have evaluated the information presented. Any reference to a specific product is for your information only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease