Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: January 1, 1999

Do you have something for anemia that will help build up the iron in blood?

There are many types of anemia and many causes. It is important that the underlying cause is known. In most causes and types, the supervision of a health care provider is necessary.

Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type. Causes include heavy menstrual loss, internal bleeding, dietary deficiency of iron, pregnancy and rheumatoid arthritis. Once the cause is known, herbs can help by increasing the absorption of nutrients.

Echinacea is known to increase regeneration of red blood cells.

Bitter herbs, such as dandelion root, which can be taken in the form of dandelion coffee, and chamomile, which can be taken as a tea, stimulate absorption.

Vitamin C helps to absorb iron. Parsley and spinach are good sources of both iron and vitamin C.

Floradix is a herbal iron formula containing nettles, carrots, spinach, fennel and other herbs.

Other foods that contain iron are dried apricots, prunes, raisins, green peas, Jerusalem artichoke, apples, strawberries and grapes

Foods that decrease the amount of iron available are: coffee, tea, egg yoke and wheat bran (including whole wheat bread).

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