Anaemia is related to a problem with the haemoglobin cell that carries oxygen throughout the body. When the body is unable to get enough oxygen to the cells and tissues, the body feels weak. Crohn's disease can cause bleeding in the intestines, which can result in loss of haemoglobin, the iron-laden protein in red blood cells
Anaemia can also be related to insufficient iron, vitamin B12, or folic acid, all of which are required to make haemoglobin.
The classic symptom of anaemia is fatigue, but it can also result in headaches and pale skin. A blood test can turn up any problems.
So what should you do if you are anaemic?
1. Eat these foods
Liver – Beef liver is very high in iron and vitamin B12 and a variety of other essential minerals.
Blackstrap molasses – Take a spoonful daily, as it is very high in iron.
Brewer’s yeast – High in folic acid, B12, and iron. Add to salad or juice.
Foods high in vitamin C – Vitamin C helps with iron absorption. So if you are eating high iron food include a source of vitamin C at the same time such as tomatoes, peppers, or strawberries.
Green leafy vegetables – These provide a significant amount of iron and folic acid. Raw spinach is high in oxalic acid which can reduce iron absorption, however steaming spinach will reduce this acid. Other green leafy vegetables to include are steamed kale and broccoli.
2. Don't eat these foods
Chocolate – Chocolate contains a substance that removes iron from your body, so it is best to avoid when you are trying to increase your iron levels.
Conventional dairy – Calcium binds with iron in foods and can lead to poor absorption.
Soda/Soft Drink – Soda/Soft Drink is high in sugar and poor in nutrients, and it blocks iron absorption.
Coffee – Excessive coffee intake may block iron absorption, so reduce it to no more than one cup per day.
3. Take these Supplements
• Iron (25-30 mg daily)
• Vitamin B12 (1,000 mcg daily)
• Folic acid (800-1200 mcg daily)
• Vitamin C (500 mg daily)
• Green superfood powder
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Yours in Health and Wellness
My Crohn's Doctor
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