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How To Increase Hemoglobin Naturally
Thanks to our low-nutrient diet, our habit of munching on junk food. low hemoglobin is a pretty common health condition.
Regular readers of my blog know that I was one of them too…
Last year I was diagnosed with low hemoglobin levels it was around 7.8 or 8 I guess.
Not only do low hemoglobin levels harm your body from the inside – make you get tired easily, cranky & other health conditions it also harms your health from the outside.
When I was suffering from low hemoglobin – I got chubby cheeks, dull & glowless skin & most importantly had pretty bad hair fall…and that is the reason I got really conscious of maintaining a healthy hemoglobin level.
I have already shared an amazing home remedy for low hemoglobin – that is something that really helped me to get my hemoglobin levels up & I have also shared some really good foods, mainly fruits that help to increase hemoglobin levels.
Basically, I wanted to do a full series but I got distracted…anyway I’m back & today I’m gonna share with you a list of the best vegetables that will help you to increase your RBC/ your hemoglobin levels.
Along with the list of veggies that increase hemoglobin – I will also share with you the best way to consume them…so let’s get started.
Best Vegetables to Increase Hemoglobin
Several vegetables can help boost hemoglobin levels and improve overall blood health. Here are some of the best vegetables to consume and how to incorporate them into your diet:
Spinach aka Palak:
This is one of the widely loved green leafy vegetables – I mean common who doesn’t know or love Palak Panner?
Spinach is high in iron, folate, and vitamin B12. Iron is essential for the production of hemoglobin, while folate and vitamin B12 are important for the formation of red blood cells.
There are tons of ways you can consume Spinach – use it in sabji like Palak Panner or Palak Pakoda(not the most healthy way) or use it in salads, soup (my favorite), or juices.
You can also create Palak dosa, puri, cheela, etc.
There are tons of ways but I highly recommend you not to overcook it – just some blanching would be better.
Because to improve hemoglobin, spinach in its raw form is amazing – just a suggestion…
If you are a picky eater…eat spinach as you like but do incorporate it into your diet…it can do wonders for your hemoglobin levels.
Honestly speaking I have never eaten Broccoli. where I live we don’t get it but I have done the research & it is really helpful in boosting your hemoglobin.
So, if you have access to it, please do include it in your diet.
Broccoli is rich in iron, vitamin C, and folate. Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron, while folate is necessary for the production of red blood cells.
You can consume it raw in salads or roast or grill it with a drizzle of olive oil and garlic. I heard it tastes really good.
As lovely as the color of beetroot to the eye, it is as helpful in boosting your blood health.
Beetroot is a root vegetable that is high in iron, folate, and vitamin C. It also contains nitrates, which can help improve blood flow and oxygen delivery to the body’s tissues.
There are tons of ways you can consume beetroot – you can have it in a salad, side dishes, rice, or my favorite beetroot juice.
Do I really need to say? how dam awesome carrots are for our health?
Carrots are a good source of iron and vitamin C, both of which are necessary for the production of hemoglobin. They also contain beta-carotene, which can help improve overall blood health.
On a side note -carrots are awesome for the eyes as well as immunity…
There are different ways you can include carrots in your diet – consume them in raw form as a salad or juice.
There are tons of snacks you can make with carrots or use in sabzi & rice ( my favorite is carrot rice – I can have it every day)
Sweet potatoes are a good source of iron, vitamin C, and folate. They are also rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the body’s cells from damage.
Sweet potatoes can be consumed baked, mashed, or roasted with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg for a healthy and tasty side dish.
In South India – We make this really simple yet tasty dessert & it is super healthy because we don’t use any ghee or oil in it
Sweet Potato Dessert Recipe
We first steam sweet potatoes…once it is cool down we mashed them & add a bit of jaggery & milk & make it into a thick paste.
This is one of the widely loved desserts in South India – I personally skip the milk. I just love mashed sweet potatoes & jaggery.
It is quite a full filling – you can have it for breakfast, brunch, or light dinner.
Kale is a leafy green vegetable that is high in iron, folate, and vitamin C. It also contains antioxidants that can help protect the body’s cells from damage.
There are many ways to include kale in your diet. it can be consumed raw in salads or cooked in a variety of dishes, such as sautéed with garlic and olive oil or added to smoothies.
Collard greens are a leafy green vegetable that is high in iron, vitamin C, and folate which are really important to improve hemoglobin levels. They are also a good source of fiber, which can help improve digestion and overall health.
Collard greens can be cooked in a variety of dishes, such as added to soups and stews or sautéed with garlic and olive oil.
Red Bell Peppers
Red bell peppers are a good source of vitamin C, which can help the body absorb iron.
They can be consumed raw as a snack or added to salads, stir-fries, or roasted dishes. I personally love eating red bell peppers with noodles, salads, or as a pizza topping.
Tomatoes are a good source of iron and vitamin C, both of which are necessary for the production of hemoglobin. They also contain lycopene, an antioxidant that can help protect the body’s cells from damage.
Tomatoes can be consumed raw in salads or cooked in a variety of dishes, such as added to soups and stews or roasted with other vegetables.
Honestly speaking there are minimum dishes in Indian Cuisine that don’t involve tomatoes. So it is kinda already included in our diet but to get the maximum benefit of tomatoes to boost your hemoglobin I recommend you to consume Tomatoes in their raw form.
It goes awesome as a salad with our regular meal, you can also make tons of salads even raw chaats with tomatoes. So, do include them in your diet.
And not to forget Tomatoes are really good for your heart health as well.
This is my favorite – I love boiled Green peas.
My Mom makes this awesome chaat, no oil or anything just some healthy vegetables & her secret chutney with some boiled green peas. It tastes divine & I would pick it over any street chaat any day.
Green peas are a good source of iron, folate, and vitamin C. They also contain fiber, which can help improve digestion and overall health.
There are tons of ways you can include green peas in your diet – if they are fresh green peas you can have them raw in salads, or just munching.
If you are using frozen peas you can use them to boil them…these boiled green peas can be used in tons of dishes like sabzi, chaat, and salad or you can use their purre to make tons of really tasty & healthy dishes.
For foodies – there are way many tasty snacks & chaat that you can make using green peas.
Kidney beans are a good source of iron, folate, and protein.
They can be added to soups and stews or cooked as a side dish with other vegetables. and not to forget the iconic Rajma Chawal…Some families can’t go a week without Rajma Chawal. My Bff included, she can’t survive without Rajma Chawal.
Chickpeas have been a part of our cuisine for so long, they are even a crucial part of our prasadam & bhog for a reason.
They are extremely healthy & a good source of iron, folate, and protein. They are also high in fiber, making them a healthy and filling addition to any meal.
Chickpeas can be added to soups and stews or cooked as a side dish with other vegetables.
Another of my favorite item on the list is Brussels sprouts.
Brussels sprouts are a good source of iron, vitamin C, and folate.
They are used in many side dishes but I love & recommend having them as salads or chaat.
Super healthy, tasty & awesome for weight loss as well.
An item on the list that not many people are fond of but trust me this is extremely healthy.
Cabbage is a good source of iron, vitamin C, and folate. You can consume them raw in salads or with noodles or you can eat them as side dishes & not to favorite the famous momos.
Asparagus is a good source of iron, folate, and vitamin C.
Some roasted Asparagus is a great addition to your palate & healthy for your blood.
I hope this list helps you to pick out some really good food items that will help you to improve your hemoglobin levels at home. low hemoglobin is something that is getting a major common health problem day by day & one of the best ways to tackle low hemoglobin levels is to improve your diet, and focus on having foods that increase your hemoglobin.
There are also many supplements & tonics that you can have to improve your hemoglobin.
I won’t be offering anything as I don’t have expertise in it. I do recommend you consult a doctor for the same.
Until the next time, please take care & let us know if you want us to cover any particular topics
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