Anaemia, which means "lacking in blood" is among the most common
diseases affecting human beings. It denotes a shortage of rich red
blood cells and colouring matter and usually results from
consumption of refined foods.
A haggard look, with lines of strain, premature wrinkles, greyish skin, and dull and tired looking eyes are the main symptoms of anaemia.
Other symptoms include poor memory, weakness, dizziness, fatigue, lack of energy, shortness of breath on exertion, slow healing of wounds, headaches, mental depression, pale fingers, lips and ear lobes. The patient usually complaints of weakness, easy fatigue, lack of energy and dizziness.
The most obvious symptom
which denotes anaemia is a discolouration of the sacs under the eye
ball as pictured below shows.
The blood flowing in the veins and arteries is really living tissue. Nearly half of it consists of red blood cells which carry oxygen to the tissues. Approximately one trillion (10,000 million) new blood cells are formed in the bone marrow daily. The raw materials required in the production of these cells are iron, proteins and vitamins, especially
vitamin B9 (folic acid) and B12.
The red colouring matter, called haemoglobin is a protein which is composed of an organic iron-compound called "heme". The globin is a sulphur bearing protein which makes up 96 per cent of the molecule. The formation of haemoglobin depends on adequate dietary supplies of iron and protein.
Red cells have a lifespan of approximately 120 days and are destroyed and replaced daily. Each person should have 100 per cent haemoglobin or about 15 grams to 100 cc of blood, and a blood count of five million red cells per millimetre. A drop in the haemoglobin content results in anaemia and a consequent decreased ability of the blood to carry oxygen to the tissues.
Causes of Anaemia
There are two principal causes of anaemia. It can result from reduced or low formation of red blood cells either due to defects in the bone marrow or an inadequate intake of
B vitamins) and
Heavy loss of blood due to injury, bleeding piles and heavy menstruation may also cause anaemia. A lack of digestive acid of hydrochloric acid needed for digestion of iron and proteins may also result in anaemia.
Anaemia can also be caused by a variety of drugs which destroy
vitamin E or by others which inactivate the nutrients needed in building blood cells
such as the
complex of vitamins. See the
Chronic diseases such as
tuberculosis, when accompanied by haemorrhage, may also result in anaemia.
If ingested in excessive
quantities, foods containing
inhibit the absorption of minerals such as
which may, if prolonged, lead to anaemia. In order to prevent these
problems, it is advised to drink tea between meals, not during. Foods
help neutralize tannin's effects on iron absorption. Adding lemon juice
to tea will reduce the negative effect of tannins in iron absorption as
tannins to learn more and which foods to avoid.
Other little-known causes of anaemia are intestinal
worms. Hookworm, pinworms, round worms,
toxoplasmosis and tapeworms feed on the blood supply as well as on the vitamins. Twenty-five hookworms can consume fifteen grams of blood every 24 hours; a tapeworm can cause acute shortage of
vitamin B12. Symptoms of intestinal worms are itching at the rectum, restlessness at night with bad dreams, diarrhoea, foul breath, dark circles under the eyes and a constant desire for food.
coconut can help get rid of some types of intestinal parasites. Fresh
papaya and grated raw
carrot are also effective. After successful treatment for intestinal worms, perfect cleanliness should be observed to prevent recurrence.
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Anaemia of chronic disease
People with chronic kidney
disease or other chronic diseases tend to develop anaemia. It does not
usually require treatment except a healthy diet of natural foods. Blood
transfusions may be necessary in some people with this form of anaemia.
In people with aplastic
anaemia, the bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells, including
red blood cells. A
drug side effector an autoimmune condition can cause it. Blood
transfusions and even a bone marrow transplant may be required to treat
Is an autoimmune condition that prevents the body from absorbing enough
in the diet. Besides anaemia, nerve damage (neuropathy) can
eventually result. High doses of B12 prevent long-term problems. Pernicious anaemia can result from
cobalt deficiency, for which vitamin B12 is a well-known
treatment, being an organic complex with cobalt.
Highest sources of vitamin B12 in micrograms per 100 grams
Clams 98.9 μg
Liver 83.1 μg
Barley grass juice 80 μg
Nori seaweed 63.6 μg
Octopus 36 μg
Caviar/fish eggs 20.0 μg
Ashitaba (dried powder) 17.0 μg
Herring 13.7 μg
Tuna fish 10.9 μg
Crab 10.4 μg
Mackerel 8.7 μg
Lean grass fed beef 8.2 μg
Duck eggs, goose eggs, rabbit 6 μg
Crayfish, pork heart, rainbow trout 5 μg
Shiitake mushrooms 4.8 μg
Lobster 4 μg
Lamb, venison 3.7 μg
Swiss Cheese 3.3 μg
Salmon 3.2 μg
Whey powder 2.37 μg
Golden chanterelle mushrooms 2 μg
Tuna 1.9 μg
Halibut 1.2 μg
Chicken egg 1.1 μg
Chicken, turkey 1.0 μg
Anchovies 0.9 μg
Ashitaba leaves 0.4 μg
NOTE: One μg is one microgram.
Daily recommended amount for an averagely active adult is 2.4
Fungi, plants and animals are incapable of producing vitamin B12. Only bacteria and archaea have the enzymes required for its synthesis, although many foods are a natural source of B12 because of bacterial symbiosis. Vitamin B12 is stored in the liver and secreted in the bile as a coenzyme.
Re-absorption takes place in the body and, as long as there are no digestive/absorption issues or liver disorders, both meat eaters and vegetarians will gain enough from a balanced and varied diet which includes raw organically grown vegetables and seeds and nuts which contain vitamin B12 from microbial action in the soil.
Root vegetable with stained spots due to contact to soil, are a good supply of vitamin B12 however, once they are peeled or scrubbed they will no longer contain any vitamin B12. Barley grass is one very good plant source of vitamin B12.
This is a genetic form of
anaemia that mostly affects people of Mediterranean heritage. Most
people have no symptoms and require no treatment. Others may need
regular blood transfusions to relieve anaemia symptoms.
Nature Cures Anaemia
Consume a wide variety of the foods below in the daily diet to benefit from their powerful properties. Eating a multitude (not just 5) of
grains, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices per day will set the body and mind on the path to full health very quickly. If nothing else but the natural foods listed here are consumed for two weeks the body and mind will become full of vitality and strength.
Try steaming a wide selection of the vegetables listed with the herbs and spices listed and a tablespoon or two of bottled or filtered water (fastest in the in the microwave 8 minutes approx.) then place in a blender for a deliciously healthy potage soup and eat a small bowl before each meal.
Similarly blend a wide selection of the fruits together with nutmeg, cinnamon and honey to provide a tasty nutritious 'smoothie'. Add live probiotic organic yoghurt to make the 'smoothie' or soup creamy.
Non-heme iron is found in vegetables like spinach and
kale. Tea, as well as green leafy vegetables has oxalates that block
the absorption ofiron. To assist the body in the absorption of non-heme
iron from tea and those healthy green leafy vegetables, eat a couple
mango if having
green leafy vegetables or tea with a meal or snack.
anything not on the above list plums & prunes if
suffering with kidney or gall stones, joint problems, or osteoporosis ginger if taking
anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) seeds & nuts if suffering
from diverticulitis cabbage & kale if suffering
from thyroid gland problems, kidney or gallstones rosemary if pregnant or breastfeeding or suffering from high blood pressure turmeric, ginger,Japanese knotweed & motherwort if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as aspirin and ibuprofen, have heart problems and during the first trimester of pregnancy Note: motherwort may be habit forming
white flour (use whole grain and coconut flours instead),
white rice (use brown rice instead), table salt, (use refined sea
coffee (drink teas at the same time as foods rich in vitamin C), animal fats (use
coconut oil, rice bran oil, olive oil or rapeseed oil instead) and
honey instead). Only eat the following fruit and vegetables if they
are organic because of the risk of
pesticide, herbicides and fungicides:
Apples, Bell Peppers, Celery,
Cocoa beans, Coffee beans, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Potatoes, Red
Raspberries, Spinach, Strawberries.
Anaemia is much more easily prevented than corrected. A liberal intake of
iron in the formative years can go a long way in preventing iron deficiency anaemia. Diet is of the utmost importance in the treatment of anaemia.
Fibre and almost every
are needed for the production of red blood cells, haemoglobin and the enzymes, required for their synthesis. Refined food like white bread, polished rice, sugar,
snacks, cakes and desserts rob the body of the much needed iron. Iron should always be taken in its natural organic form as the use of inorganic can prove hazardous, destroying the protective vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids, causing serious liver damage and even miscarriage and delayed or premature births.
It has been
proved that a generous intake of iron alone will not help in the
regeneration of haemoglobin. The supplies of protein, too, should be
Copper is also essential for the utilisation of iron in the building of haemoglobin.
One common cause of anaemia is intestinal putrefaction, which is primarily brought on by a high meat
and low fibre diet. Moreover, all meats are becoming increasingly dangerous due to widespread diseases in the animal kingdom. There are, however, other equally good alternative sources of
such as goat's and soya milk, eggs, barley grass powder, cheese and peanuts. Wheat germ, quinoa and soybeans also contain some B12. Vegetarians should include sizeable amounts of milk, milk products,
whole grains and
legumes in their diet.
For prevention of anaemia, it is essential to
consume the entire
range which includes B12, as well as the natural foods mentioned above. Eating lacto-avo products, which are complete proteins, and which also contain vitamin B12 is good insurance against the disease.
is a good source of complete protein. A liberal intake of
(ascorbic acid) is necessary to facilitate absorption of
iron. At least two helpings of citrus fruits and other ascorbic acid rich foods should be taken daily
when eating iron rich foods.
Water Treatment A cold water bath is among the most valuable curative measures in anaemia. The patient should be given carefully graduated cold baths twice daily. Cold friction, hot Epsom salt bath for five to 10 minutes once a week and an occasional cabinet steam bath are also recommended. Full sun baths are especially beneficial as sunlight stimulates the production of red cells. There are other important factors which are helpful in curing anaemia. Deep breathing and light exercise like walking and simple yoga asanas should be undertaken to tone up the system. Sarvangasana paschomittanasana, uttanpadasana and shavasana are recommended. Massage also helps to keep the blood level high.
"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC
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