Five foods to boost your platelet count naturally
Vitamins and minerals are important in the formation of platelets, the component of your bloodstream that helps stop bleeding.
If you have low platelet levels, or thrombocytopenia, your body’s ability to clot is negatively affected. You can overcome a low platelet level by eating foods or taking supplements high in folate, iron, vitamin B-12, vitamin C and vitamin D:
The best folate-rich foods are legumes (beans, peas, lentils) and dark green vegetables (asparagus, brussels sprouts, spinach).
Top foods with iron include meat, organ meats, legumes, nuts, spinach and fortified cereals. (Iron also helps if you have anemia, a condition where your body does not have enough red blood cells.)
3. Vitamin B-12
Also known as cobalamin, this nutrient is mainly in animal foods such as meat, liver, chicken, shellfish, eggs, milk and cheese. It’s also present in fortified cereals.
4. Vitamin C
Oranges and fruits from the citrus family are well known for their vitamin C properties, but other fruits and vegetables with high concentrations include strawberries, guava, cantaloupe, peppers, tomatoes and broccoli.
5. Vitamin D
Seafood is a big source of this vitamin, with the bulk found in salmon, tuna and mackerel. Other major sources are from mushrooms, eggs and milk fortified with vitamin D.
Eating these vitamin-rich foods can help boost your platelet levels and your overall health.
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is in constant need of platelet donations, since they have a limited shelf life and are a critical part of treatments for cancer and trauma.
If your platelet count is at an adequate level, call 210-731-5590 or visit southtexasblood.org to schedule your platelet donation.
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