11 Foods to Help Battle Anemia and Autoimmune Disease

Despite trying to live the healthiest life you can, we live in a world that is filled with toxins, and genetics sometimes play a role in our health that we can’t do anything about. For 3 out of every 100,000 people this means a rare disease known as Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia.

This rare disease occurs when certain antibodies attack the body’s own red blood cells. This reduces cell life from months to just a few days, and affects twice as many women as men.

While finding the right medical treatment program is an important step, there are number of ways that altering the patient’s diet can help with both the issues related to the autoimmune disease and anemia.

Spinach

Spinach is an iron rich food that not only helps treat anemia, but it also helps prevent it in the first place. Besides its iron content, spinach also increases blood flow to the cells in your body, and is rich in Vitamin A, B9, E, C, and beta carotene.

To boost both immunity and help with anemia, adding as much spinach as possible to your diet as possible.

Asparagus

This hearty vegetable is good for treating anemia, but is has many properties that help boost your immune system as well. Not only is it packed with pre-biotics, which assist with the formation of good bacteria in the intestines, but it contains fiber, folate, and large amounts of Vitamins A and C.

It’s a rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and free radicals, which fights both cancer and inflammation.

Eggs

Eggs are an amazing superfood. Of course, organic eggs from range free chickens (or your own if you are able to have them where you live). Not only are they a great source of iron, but the good fats in them along with all of the vitamins they are packed with help boost the immune system.

Even if you are not a big breakfast person, you can get your eggs from hard-boiled eggs on your salad, healthy egg salad, or even blending them in your smoothies. Both parts of the egg are packed with nutrition, so be sure you are getting all of it by eating both yolks and whites.

Red Meat

Iron is an obvious benefit of eating lean red meat, but there are many others as well, including vitamins and a reasonable amount of good fat if it is trimmed properly. The advantage of the iron in red meat is that it is heme iron, usually absorbed faster by the body.

Also, beef organs like the heart, kidney, and liver contain amazing amounts of iron. It’s said that liver itself contains 600 percent of the iron you need in a single day.

Oily Fish

Oily fish like anchovies, sardines, and mackerel are heart-healthy fish, and especially good for those with autoimmune issues such as rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to reducing blood pressure and preventing fat buildup in arteries, the consumption of oily fishes can also reduce joint pain and stiffness and has been linked to preventing and reducing RA symptoms in a study with middle-age participants.

Root Vegetables

Carrots, radishes, turnips, and other veggies in the root vegetable family are especially good replacements for grains. The vital nutrients found in root vegetables are key to fighting inflammatory-based diseases, and eliminating grains from your diet can have other astonishing health benefits, even if you are not gluten intolerant.

Beets

Speaking of root vegetables, beets have a huge amount of iron, something that is huge for those struggling with anemia. Beets improve the performance of red blood cells, helping those that do continue to function do so more efficiently. It also repairs and reactivates ones that are damaged, helping anemic individuals cope better with their symptoms.

Pastured Chicken

From a nutritional standpoint, chicken is relatively lean healthy protein. It’s still got some good fat on it, which is extremely important for overall nutrition. Free range or pastured chickens are of much better quality, are leaner, and are raised more responsibly.

The protein in them is helpful for both those suffering from anemia and autoimmune diseases This natural protein helps provide long term energy and fight fatigue.

Tomatoes

While tomatoes don’t contain iron, they contain large amounts of Vitamin C, which aids with the absorption of iron, and can be a great benefit to those suffering from anemia. They are also rich in beta-carotene, fiber, and Vitamin E, all of which are beneficial for you overall health.

Raisins and Dates

Dehydrated food naturally contains more iron compared to fresh foods. Dried fruits such as raisins, dried apricots, dates and dried peaches are an excellent source of both iron and Vitamin C.

The Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron, but also it helps boost immunity. Even in the instance of the rarest of diseases that affect both the immune system and cause anemia, there are many foods you can add to your diet that can help with both, and mean you feel better and are healthier overall. In the long run you will be helping your healthcare provider, and taking an active role in your own healing.

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