Hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein present in the red blood cells, supplies your body with all the oxygen you inhale. A deficiency can cause anemia, fatigue and, in severe cases, even organ damage. Low hemoglobin levels can arise from nutritional deficiencies of iron, folic acid, vitamin C and B12.
Prescription medicines and supplements can replenish the blood hemoglobin, but if you hate popping pills here’s a natural way to boost your hemoglobin levels.
1Meat and Fish
Foods rich in iron can regain your hemoglobin counts, as iron is its main component. Meat (chicken, beef, turkey, pork) and fish (tuna, salmon, trout, snapper, shellfish) are all rich in heme iron (iron that is well absorbed) and should be included in your diet.
Beetroot, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, green peas, cabbage, turnip, cauliflower and asparagus all add to your iron content and can increase your hemoglobin count. Beetroot is the star here as it activates red blood cells and helps regenerate the iron content.
Vitamin C-rich fruits play an important role in the absorption of iron in the body. Low levels of hemoglobin can be corrected by eating fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, pomegranate, watermelon, strawberries and apples. Enjoy them together by making a mixed fruit salad or juice.
4Dried Fruits and Nuts
Raisins, dried apricots, figs, prunes and dates are good sources of iron, which assist in the formation of hemoglobin. All nuts contain some amount of iron, although, the king of all is almond (each ounce has 6 percent).
5Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices like nettle leaf, basil, thyme, cilantro, oregano, sage, cumin and cinnamon can all raise your blood hemoglobin content.
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Updated July 19, 2018
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