Anemia is a condition in which there is a reduction in the total number of red blood cells or volume of blood, or an abnormal size or shape of red blood cells. It is characterized by extreme paleness, weakness, a tendency to tire easily, insomnia, irritability or depression, and decreased resistance to infection. Iron is an important factor in anemia, as the formation of red blood cells is impaired in those lacking sufficient amounts of iron. However, there are many causes of anemia; iron deficiency is only one. Other deficiencies, including those of folic acid and vitamin B12, along with abnormal hemoglobin production as in sickle cell anemia, may also cause this condition.
Effective treatment of anemia depends on the type of anemia. The three most common types are iron deficiency, folic acid deficiency, and vitamin B12 deficiency anemia. Treatment involves supplying the body with the appropriate nutrients in an absorbable form. If you suspect you are anemic, we suggest you seek medical advice.
1. for all anemia’s, eat a diet high in green leafy vegetables and their juices. Other iron-rich foods that should be consumed in quantity include beans, black-strap molasses, dried apricots, raisins, almonds, and shellfish. Vitamin C has been shown to significantly enhance the absorption of iron. Calf liver is no longer recommended unless it was organically grown (without hormones or antibiotics) in a fairly pollution-free environment. The liver is the organ where toxins are stored. Eating liver today could do more harm than good. Black tea should also be avoided, because it contains tannins that can reduce iron absorption as much as 50 percent when taken with meals.
2. It is recommended that vitamin B12 always be taken along with folic acid. Foods rich in folic acid include black-eyed peas, wheat germ, lean meat, beans, bran, asparagus, lentils, walnuts, spinach, and kale. Foods rich in vitamin B12 Include clams, oysters, sardines, egg yolks, trout, salmon, tuna, and lean meat.
3. If a vitamin B12 deficiency anemia exists because of a lack of an intrinsic factor (a substance produced in the stomach), fairly large doses of vitamin B12 are needed, and medical supervision is recommended.
Nutrients That Help
Iron Deficiency Anemia—Iron, Vitamin C
Folk Acid Deficiency Anemia —Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia —-Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.
Parsley, beet greens, and carrot—sources of iron.
Kale, parsley, and green pepper—sources of vitamin C.
Asparagus, spinach, and kale—sources of folic acid.
There are no fruits or vegetables rich in vitamin B12. For strict vegetarians, vitamin B12 supplementation may be necessary or try eating vitamin B12 fortified cereal two or three times a week.
Suggested Juicing Recipes
(1) Folic Acid Special
-2 kale leaves, Small handful parsley, Small handful spinach, 4-5 carrots, greens removed.
Bunch up kale, parsley, and spinach, and push through hopper with carrots.
(2) Iron-Rich Drink
-3 beet tops, 4-5 carrots, greens removed, ½ green pepper, ½ apple, seeded apple.
Bunch up beet tops, and push through hopper with carrots, followed by green pepper and apple.
(3) Spring Tonic
4 carrots, greens removed, 1 garlic clove, 2 stalks celery
Bunch up parsley and push through hopper with carrots garlic, and celery.
(4) Popeye’s Favorite
Small handful spinach, 4-5 carrots, greens removed
½ apple, seeded
Bunch up spinach and push through hopper with carrots and apple.