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Best foods to boost red blood cell count

Your food choices can help increase the number of red blood cells in your body; this is how you eat your way to better blood cell health.

Blood Tests By Himanshu Sharma / Apr 22, 2014

Red Blood Cells

Red blood cells, also referred to as erythrocytes, are the most common blood cells in the body. Your food choices can help increase the number of red blood cells in your body; this is how  you eat your way to better blood cell health. (Image source:Getty)

Whole grains

One of the many nutrients needed for a healthy blood count is copper. Whole grains provide all the copper nutrition one needs. Among other sources of copper are shellfish, poultry, beans, cherries, chocolates and nuts. (Image source:Getty)

Red Meat

Iron is the nutrient to affect red blood cell production the most. All animal proteins have iron but red meats are the richest sources of the animal proteins. (Image source:Getty)


Food loaded with iron can help your body rebuild what it has lost. Eating a handful of nuts is an excellent way to get the iron you need. Besides boosting one's iron and folic acid levels, nuts are healthy for you in several other ways. (Image source:Getty)

Fortified Cereals

The human body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells. Fortified cereals are a great way to get plenty of B12 in your diet. The deficiency of vitamin B12 is seen in vegans; they must include fortified cereals to boost the production of red blood cells. (Image source:Getty)


A study by the researchers of the Marche Polytechnic University (UNIVPM, in Italy) and the University of Granada suggest that strawberries benefit red blood cells, owing to their anti-oxidant capacity. (Image source:Getty)

Green Leafy Vegetables

Dark green leafy vegetables give you folic acid and Vitamin B6, the two important nutrients that help increase red blood count. Some of the foods that you should consider including in your diet are spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and lettuce. (Image source:Getty)


People with low red blood count are advised to eat a plenty of colourful fruits. Have apricots, watermelon, apples, grapes, raisins to improve your red blood count besides other health benefits. (Image source:Getty)


Vitamin A plays a pivotal role in producing red blood cells and transporting oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. Eat carrots, at least twice a week, to boost the levels of red blood count in the body. (Image source:Getty)

Low Red Blood Cell Count

If you have a low iron count or a low red blood cell count, you should take care of it immediately as it can have several negative consequences on your health. In other words, it is a sign of a disease in process. It can lead to chronic anaemia such as the sickle cell anaemia, anaemia due to kidney disease, thalassemia and haemolytic. (Image source:Getty)


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