How to build red blood counts?

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Question from J: How do I build up my red blood counts?
Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. A low red blood count can be due to several reasons. It can be iron deficiency or it could be folic acid deficiency, or more uncommonly Vitamin B12 deficiency. The first step is always to know why your red blood cell count is depressed. If it is iron-deficiency anemia, foods such as liver and other lean red meats are good sources of iron. Plant foods also have iron but you need to add accompanying food with high amounts of Vitamin C to help with the absorption of the iron.
Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. I'll add that many people don't like liver but there are many ways to disguise it, such as chicken livers wrapped in bacon and broiled. Then what you are really tasting is the bacon and not the liver.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Fatigue During and After Treatment featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D., Tish Knobf, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., A.O.C.N., and Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about ways to keep up your energy, how nutrition can affect fatigue, and how exercising can help.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2008.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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