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Foods to Eat for Good Red Blood Cell Health

November 12, 2013 by Eric Coles

Vegetables assortmentRed blood cells have the job of carrying oxygen from your lungs to tissues throughout your body and also transporting carbon dioxide to your lungs to be exhaled.  On average, red blood cells live about four months which means that your body  is constantly working to create new ones to replace those that are dying.  Red blood cells get their bright red color from an iron-rich protein known as hemoglobin.

Keeping your body full of the proper nutrition, vitamins and minerals contributes to good red blood cell health health and production.  Those people who have anemic conditions in particular need to include these foods, vitamins and minerals in a daily diet.

The vitamins and minerals that our bodies need for good red blood cell health are Iron, Folate and Folic Acid, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin A.

Iron helps create hemoglobin which is vital to red blood cell health and oxygenating our cells.  Iron-rich foods include red meat, organ meat (like liver and kidneys), legumes, dark green leafy vegetables (like spinach and kale), whole grains, raisins, seeds, egg yolks.  

Folate is very important for immune system integrity and overall body cell health.  Foods that naturally have Folate are long-grain rice, turkey and chicken giblets, legumes, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, lettuce and other dark leafy greens. Folic Acid is the synthetic form of Folate and is used to fortify cereals, flours and macaroni products. 

Vitamin B-6 supports red blood cell metabolism.  Eat plenty of fish, long-grain rice, turkey, chicken, potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, whole grains, legumes and nuts for more Vitamin B-6 in your diet. 

Vitamin B-12 helps keep the body's nerve and blood cells healthy and contributes to the creation of DNA.  It is found in all animal protein but may need to be taken as a supplement due to malabsorption issues.  

Vitamin A helps stem cells in bone marrow develop into red blood cells and keeps the replacement level stable.  It also supports the new red blood cells for access to the iron needed for hemoglobin production.  Foods that are rich in Vitamin A are liver, paprika, cayenne, chili powder, sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, dried apricots and cantaloupe.  

Good nutrition and including these vital nutrients in the food we eat are a great way to naturally increase our red blood cell health.

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Xickle RBC-Plus™ can also reduce red blood cell clumping that can obstruct blood cell flow and can therefore guard against the side effects of the release of toxic constituents during red blood cell death.

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Happy eating to better red blood cell health!

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