DIET AND ANEMIA
A good balanced diet is essential to prevent anemia. Iron, Proteins, Folic acid and Vitamin B12 are very important for blood formation. Pure vegetarians especially those who eat more rice and less vegetables get more anemias.
Iron rich foods are: All types of meat, green vegetables and most types of keerai, like spinach, murungai, agathi etc.,
Dry fruits like almonds, raisins, figs, prunes, Dates, beans, sprouts, black sesame and fenugreek (vendhaya keerai).
Using iron utensils for cooking is useful.
Folic acid rich foods are eggs, meats, yeast, bakery produce, lentils, lettuce, spinach, beans.
Protein rich foods are Cheese, soya, meat, milk, nuts, pulses, lentils and sprouts.
In some people there may be problems in absorption of nutrients, like after removal of stomach or intestines, they need regular injection of nutrients to prevent anemias.
If you are in doubt, get a dietician to advise you. This is very important in diabetics and heart patients who may be on strict diet restrictions.
Dr.K.RAGHU is one of India's senior HAEMATOLOGISTS,
in practice for the past 35 years.
He sees outpatients in Arunodhaya Medical Center, Coimbatore.
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