Help for Anemia
One of my girlfriends is having an issue with anemia and so I promised I would create an anemia juice for her.
Anemia is a complex issue and not one that you can self diagnose. I am a Ph.D. and not a MD and so it is important to have a laboratory test to measure your iron levels and your iron absorption ability and then consult with your medical doctor, naturopathic doctor, chinese medical doctor or ayurvedic doctor rather than trying to solve this problem on your own.
Anemia is a deficiency of hemoglobin of blood (healthy red blood cells which provide oxygen to your body tissues). The result is fatigue. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia.
Fresh vegetables for juicing that are high in iron and will help with anemia are watercress leaves, spinach, broccoli, beets, parsley, and garlic.
Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron so apples or citrus fruits could be added to your juice to make it more palatable.
If you are trying to keep your sugar levels low or can’t tolerate beets or sugar in fruits then herbal teas are a great choice. Burdock, root, dandelion leaf and root and stinging nettle are fabulous anemia fighters. 🙂
One other thing that will help counter anemia is to cut back on caffeine which limits your iron absorption – this includes coffee, tea and chocolate. When you are looking for a hot drink, try the anemia tea I’ve suggested below.
Anemia Juice Recipe
- 1 cup watercress
- 1 large beet
- 1 apple
- 1/2 cup parsley.
- Combine Burdock, Dandelion and Stinging Nettle and Steep