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HELP!!! How to increase red blood cell count? January 24, 2008 7:22 AM

My father is a sickly man....many different conditions going on ...the most serious of which is manic deppression... BUT he was suppose to go in for surgery today. I spoke with my mom and was told that it was cancelled due to his low red blood cell count.

Does anyone know of a way to build up the red blood cell count as quickly as possible using herbs, vegetables, vitamins, etc?

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 January 24, 2008 5:50 PM

Sometimes low RBC can be due to a lack of iron or B vitamins in the diet. I know that increasing the intake of iron thru eating lots of dark leafy greens and eating fortified foods and taking suppliments may help. If that doesn't help consult a professional.

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 January 25, 2008 6:29 AM

My father is a really difficult person to get to be healthy. Pushing him to take vitamins doesn't work. Pushing him to drink more water and lay off artificial drinks doesn't work. Pushing him to eat all sorts of vegetables doesn't work. In the end, an individual needs to take responsibility for their own health BUT we sure are trying to get him to do that no matter how small the progress is!

So far we're tricking him into eating spinach by mixing it into salad with lettuce (he doesn't know the difference and doesn't know he's been eating it). Although he has made a HUGE step and has agreed to mix in Chlorophyll into his water.

Thanks Emily!

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 February 01, 2008 3:54 AM

Hi, it is very difficult to change people who are set in their ways, they have their own routine - they don't want us to change this. However, you could add a few food to their main meals and not really change their routine, perhaps share a meal with them.  Iron is found in meat, liver, cereals, raw green vegetables, fortified foods such as some breakfast cereals. Usually, for every 100g of these foods they contain

  • braising steak - 2.7mg
  • lamb's liver - 10mg
  • fortified corn flakes - 7.9mg
  • wholemeal pitta bread - 2.7mg
  • broccoli (boiled) - 1mg
  • spinach (boiled) - 1.7mg

It's a good idea to eat foods containing vitamin C at the same time as eating non-meat sources of iron because this helps with iron absorption. Good sources of vitamin C include peppers, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, oranges and kiwi fruit. Vitamin C and B12 tablets can be easily ground up and added into food/drink. You will also need to be aware that this can effect any medication your dad takes.  Unfortunately, the body will only absorb the amount it requires and expells the remainder. You cannot keep more than is required for the body inside the body, it adjusts as needed.  I hope all goes well with your dad and that his count increases.  Best wishes.  Glo x

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 February 01, 2008 4:15 AM

sprouts and green cabbage...if you boil them and keep the water, add some herbs and boil a little longer, it is a great minearal boost for the blood...garlic helps to rid impurities too whilst the count is low to guard the immunity system

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Re: Increase Blood Cell Count February 01, 2008 7:26 AM

I suggest reading the benefits of wheat grass juice. Ann Wigmore has excellent books out from the Hippocrates Institute.

Wheat grass juice-mixed with carrot, kale, and ginger. Go to the health food store and have them mix this for you. Take it right away to him. If you can't right away, then freeze it. You can grow your own very easily. It will be ready to juice in a week. But if you cannot afford the special juicer, then blend and strain-better than not.

Start out easy-it's powerful! 

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