There are certain food categories that help boost blood volume. These food are eaten for good blood in the body. They help to boost iron and hemoglobin levels in the body, elements vital for blood formation. Low iron or low hemoglobin count directly results in low blood volume. There are various component of blood namely red blood cell, white blood cell, platelets and plasma.
1. Importance of iron
Foods that are rich in iron are very good at increasing blood count. When you consume food containing iron nutrient, they help to boost blood levels in the body. Iron is an important of hemoglobin an important component of the red blood cells.
The red blood cells are necessary for conveying oxygen from the lungs to other body parts. Oxygen travels through the bloodstream to body tissues such as the muscles, skin and all body organs. Foods that are iron-rich are mostly deeply pigmented and colorful.
Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a part of red blood cells that acts like a taxicab for oxygen and carbon dioxide. Lack of the required amount of iron in the body for blood formation and other function results in iron deficiency anemia. Symptoms of iron deficiency include dizziness, weakness, headache, pale skin and fingernails, fatigue and inflamed tongue.
2. Disadvantages of lower blood level
Low blood level in the body can cause feelings of tiredness and it can damage the organs in the body when it is extremely low. Chronic illnesses, not eating well (especially not eating foods that are rich in iron), frequent blood donation, blood loss due to injury etc, all causes of low blood volume.
3. Food good for blood
Animal and plant food sources are beneficial in increasing the volume of blood in the body. The various food types that can be eaten range from eggs, shrimp, vegetables (e.g. spinach), raisins, dates, chard, whole grain, enriched breads, pork and lean beef.
Foods that enhance the immune system are also very good in boosting white blood cell count. Foods rich in zinc, vitamins and minerals and green tea also boost white blood cells. These include fruits and vegetables, ginger, garlic the foods that are rich in zinc are oysters and squash seeds.
Other foods that boost the blood include protein rich diet such as chicken, turkey, beans, fish, cereals, soybeans, lentils, kidney, enriched rice, vitamin C rich foods etc. More iron are absorbed from animal sources than plant sources.
4. People who are at risk
The following categories of people are at higher risk of reduced iron leading to iron deficiency and thus low blood volume also. They include young children, adolescent girls, pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding and women of childbearing age.
Adolescent girls and young women of reproductive age are at higher risk of iron deficiency because they lose blood monthly when menstruating which directly results in low iron levels also.
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