15 Foods To Increase Your Blood Platelets Count Naturally

15 Foods To Increase Your Blood Platelets Count Naturally

In this article, we will discuss the foods to increase your blood platelets count naturally. Platelets are important plate-shaped, sticky, colorless, components of your blood. These small cells are what produce blood clots whenever you have an injury, whether small or life-threatening. Low platelet count causes excessive blood loss and in extreme cases even death. The blood platelet count commonly falls due to viral diseases, genetic disorders, or cancer.

Low platelet count may also cause symptoms like fatigue, easy bruising, and bleeding gums. Along with medical attention, you will also need to consume the right foods that naturally amplify the blood platelet count. Hence we have listed some amazing foods that will help increase your platelet count (1).

Here are the 15 foods to increase your blood platelets count.

1. Papaya And Papaya Leaf

Papaya And Papaya Leaf

If your blood platelet levels are low it is highly recommended to consume papaya. Along with eating ripe papaya fruit, you can also drink a concoction made from the papaya leaves. They are equally beneficial in increasing the blood platelet count. Studies conducted by the Asian Institute of Science and Technology in Malaysia found that papaya leaf extract was significantly effective in multiplying the platelet count in patients who had dengue.

Put the papaya leaves in a kettle filled with water and boil it. Strain well and drink the extract twice daily. You can try consuming both the leaf extract and the fruit will speed up amplification of the blood platelet count.

2. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass

A study published in the International Journal of Universal Pharmacy and Life Sciences, 2011 edition, stated that wheatgrass was helpful in increasing the platelet count. Researchers found that it helped elevate red blood cell, hemoglobin, and differential white blood cell counts. This can be credited to the rich chlorophyll content present in wheatgrass and its molecular structure which is almost similar to hemoglobin.

In order to increase your platelet count, drink half a cup of wheatgrass juice mixed with a few drops of lemon juice. Drinking it daily will improve the platelet count.

 3. Pomegranate

Pomegranate

The beautiful red seeds of pomegranate are rich sources of nutrients that have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immunity-boosting properties. Scientific studies have confirmed the effectiveness of pomegranate in boosting platelet count, thereby preventing the risk of diseases.

Add pomegranate in your daily diet through salads, smoothies, and breakfast bowls. You can also make fresh juice and drink it.

4. Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A which helps to support the production of platelets and also regulates the proteins produced by the body cells. The regulation of protein cells is essential for increasing the number of platelets in the blood.

To get the most benefits from pumpkin, drink pumpkin juice, or add pumpkin to smoothies, salads, soups, baked goods, or stews. To half a glass of fresh pumpkin juice, add a teaspoon of honey and drink it two to three times a day.

5. Vitamin C-Rich Foods

Vitamin-C

Consuming vitamin C rich foods regularly helps to improve platelet production in the body. It also increases iron absorption which may also help to amplify platelet counts. The powerful antioxidant properties of Vitamin C prevents free radical damage caused to the platelets. It also helps group your platelets together and function efficiently. 

Experts recommend a daily intake of 65-90 mg Vitamin C. The best source for getting benefits of vitamin c are oranges, kiwi, lemons, spinach, broccoli, and bell peppers in your diet.

6. Leafy Greens

Leafy Greens

Vitamin K may not directly affect your platelet count, but it can help to lower your risk of excessive bleeding due to a low platelet count. Leafy greens are the best source for vitamin K, and therefore consuming them will help whenever your platelet count hits bottom.

When you get injured, the body activates proteins to start the formation of blood clots and stop the bleeding. For this process, the proteins depend on vitamin K, without which the clotting of blood is not possible. So consuming leafy greens that contain a high amount of vitamin K will help when the blood platelets are low.  You can add leafy greens, such as kale, spinach and fenugreek leave to your diet through salads, sandwiches, and smoothies.

7. Indian Gooseberries

Amla-Indian-Gooseberry

Amla or Indian gooseberries are highly effective in boosting blood platelet production and also improving the immune system. They are a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants. According to a study on dengue fever, which causes a high drop in platelet count, it was recommended that the patients should include gooseberry juice in their diet.

For the best benefits, every morning start your day by eating 3 to 4 gooseberries on an empty stomach. Drinking amla juice with some honey 2 to 3 times a day helps to boost blood platelet production. If you prefer a tasty option, you can have pickles and homemade jam made from fresh Indian gooseberries.

8. Beetroot 

Beetroot

Beetroot is commonly recommended by experts for anemic patients. According to studies, consuming one bowl of beets twice a week helps elevate the blood platelet count. Moreover, the antioxidants in the beetroot also prevent the free radical damage of platelets which helps in increasing its number.

Drinking a glass of beetroot juice or adding them to salads and soups are very helpful in increasing the number of platelets.

9. Coconut Oil

Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a rich source of healthy fats and other nutrients which is precisely why it is considered to be significantly healthy and effective. In a study, scientists found that when rhesus monkeys were fed coconut oil it increased the platelet activation.

You can use coconut in most of your cooking including salads and smoothies. Just make sure you buy edible grade coconut oil for consumption.

10. Fresh Milk

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Milk is a good source of calcium, folate, vitamin D, and vitamin K. As we already know vitamin K deficiency can prevent your blood from clotting and lead to severe bleeding. Hence, drinking milk daily can boost immunity along with improving the blood platelet count. But there are also some studies that indicate that milk can interfere in platelet count. More research is warranted in this regard.

You should start your day with a glass of milk and can also have a glass before going to bed. You can also add it to your smoothie, breakfast bowl, or dessert.

Bovine colostrum which is a milk-like fluid that a baby cow receives from its mother has been found to increase platelet count. It is now used as a dietary supplement.

11. Raisins

Raisins

Raisins are a rich source of iron, which is vital for RBC and platelet growth. Iron deficiency is one of the main reasons for Thrombocytopenia or low platelet count and anemia. Therefore,  including raisins in your diet can help raise your iron levels.

In the morning, add raisins that were soaked overnight to your breakfast bowl, smoothie, or a glass of milk. You can also use them as toppings on most desserts or just snack on 4-5 raisins between large meals.

12. Folate-Rich Foods

Kidney-Beans

Folate naturally occurs in many foods and is also added to others in the form of folic acid. This B vitamin is very effective in helping your cells, including blood cells. It appears naturally in many foods, and it’s added to others in the form of folic acid.

Kidney beans, black-eyed peas, peanuts, and oranges are some of the folate-rich foods. You can snack on 20-25 peanuts daily, but do not overeat. You will find many amazing recipes for kidney beans and black-eyed peas that you can try at home.

13. Vitamin B12-Rich Foods

Vitamin B

Low levels of Vitamin B12 lead to weak immunity and a low platelet count along with the risk of blisters in your oral cavity. Including vitamin B12-rich foods in your diet has been considered to help increase the platelet count. Vitamin B-12 also promotes the health of your blood cells.

Some foods that are rich in vitamin B-12 are beef liver, clams, and eggs. You can eat the eggs boiled, fried, or poached. Dairy products such as milk and cheese are also a good source of B-12, as already mentioned before.

14. Brussels Sprouts

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts are rich in vitamin K. Hence they have the potential to amplify the blood platelet count. They are especially essential for people with Vitamin K deficiency to prevent the risk of continuous bleeding.

There are many different ways to eat brussels sprouts. You can grill or blanch them and toss them in the salad bowl with other veggies along with a well-made dressing.

15. Water

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There are many health benefits of staying hydrated. Our blood plasma where the platelets are found, contains proteins, sugar, and fats. But more importantly, it contains around 92% water. When all these sources are there in the right proportions, it will help increase the platelet count.

Conclusion

Conclusion

So these are the foods you need to add to your regular diet immediately in order to increase the blood platelet count naturally. You need to maintain a normal platelet count between 150,000 to 450,000 per microliter of blood. If your platelet count is low you can manage it with proper diet and supplements. But when the count is severely low you have to consult a doctor. Also, take expert opinion before consuming supplements. Eat healthily, take your medicines regularly, and go for regular checkups.

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