Blood Benefits: This humble grass has the ability to stimulate your blood circulation and cleanse your blood by increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood. It is also known to increase the number of red blood cells and is thus particularly helpful for anemic patients.

Q: What causes iron deficiency anemia and what can I do to boost my iron levels during pregnancy?

A: “Iron deficiency anemia is not caused by loss of blood. In the case of pregnancy, there is a dilutional effect and it makes us seem anemic. All patients are tested for anemia at about 28 weeks. Your doctor will inform you if you are anemic and accordingly make recommendations. Do not take extra iron if you don’t need to because it can be toxic to your liver.”

Dr. Evelyn Minaya is a host of The Juice, Veria Living’s flagship lifestyle audience talk show, covering celebrities, food, fitness, fashion, beauty, health, and pop culture. A board-certified OB/GYN and women’s health expert, Dr. Evelyn is a graduate of Barnard College/Columbia University and the SUNY Health Science Center, an affiliate of New York University.