Last Modified on Jan 22, 2014
Anemia is a condition that occurs when a person does not have an adequate supply of red blood cells. The red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen to the tissues. As a result of this, a person with anemia feels very tired and weak.
Anemia can occur if the body does not produce enough red blood cells. Excessive bleeding can also lead to anemia. When a person bleeds excessively, then the body may not be able to produce enough red blood cells to make up for the ones that were lost. Additionally, anemia can occur if the red blood cells are destroyed by the body.
The treatment that is recommended for anemia is dependent upon the cause. If anemia is caused by iron deficiency, then iron supplements may be recommended. Vitamin B-12 may be recommended if the anemia is caused by a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Blood transfusions or injections with synthetic erythropoietin are some of the other treatments that can be used. Erythropoietin is a hormone that is produced by the kidneys. It helps stimulate the production of red blood cells.
Home Remedies for Anemia
In addition to medical treatments, anemia can be managed with home remedies. Black strap molasses is a home remedy that is frequently recommended for people who have anemia. One teaspoon of black strap molasses contains 3.5 mg of iron. You may also want to consider adding more spinach to your diet. Spinach is a great source of iron and folic acid. One-half cup of spinach contains 130 mcg of folic acid and 3.2 mg of iron.
Continue reading below for many more wonderful anemia remedies from our readers!
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Anemia Test
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Blackstrap Molasses, Vitamin C
- Blood Building Recipe
- Carao Fruit
- Cautionary Note
- Coffee Enemas, Amino Acids, Supplements
- Cream of Wheat Cereal, Molasses, Raisins and Flax Seeds
- Foods High in Nitrilosides for Sickle Cell Anemia
- Foods to Avoid
- General Feedback
- Ice Cravings
- Iron Rich Food
- Low Red Blood Cell Count
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil Pulling
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Remedies Needed
- Vitamin E Deficiency
01/07/2008: Randy from lewis, US: "I have been told that if you run the edge of a dime over your skin and it leaves a mark, you may have anemia. Is this true?"Replies
[NAY] 03/22/2011: Verolyn from Bellevue, Ky replies: "Hi, I have confirmed iron-deficiency anemia. I've heard of the "coin test" for anemia and I have tried it. It does not work. I think it is an "old wives tale."
Too bad, though--when my anemia rears its head I usually become very ill very quickly, so I would love to have a quick way of checking for it each morning, then I could take precautions and adjust my diet!"
03/22/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Ma.usa replies: "There are many wives tales/which wife? lol
There are billions of remidies some will be and are cure all's Apple Cider Vinegar just might be your answer. For instance I have been constipated for decades. I used all but liquid plumber(smile)and found that nothing worked or it was a temp. solution to a perm. problem so I kept on my journey and ventured into this wonderful site it was in here that I found I could use baking soda, water and lemon or lime juice and what wonderous results, the years of back up was too much to explain. Keep looking you shall find it. Seek & ye shall find. Good luck"
07/18/2011: Kit from Kamloops, Bc Canada replies: "My doctor told me to check the color of the inside of your bottom eye lid. If it is very pale, you could be anemic."
04/08/2009: John Moore from Ayutthaya, Thailand.: "I would like to simply tell of some very useful information regarding ANEMIA.
Some years ago, my young grandson was diagnosed with ANEMIA.
Doctors advised on giving him iron tablets.
I took to the internet and did a whole lot of research on the matter.
The advice was simple, beetroot (Latin Name Beta vulgaris) or beet as some know it, has a very high content of iron.
I have no medical qualifications and am not advising that anyone should rush out and purchase beetroot.
However I have never ever heard of anyone developing any problems from eating this root vegetable.
One can also purchase the beetroot crystals from chemists worldwide, but I would just keep it simple and grate some fresh beetroot and add it to your salad.
My grandson is over his problem and just loves beetroot now.
Please check out this site for more information on beetroot juice in regards to blood pressure.
Please always check with your doctor first!!!
Thank you all and best wishes from Ayutthaya Thailand.
[YEA] 02/05/2011: Linda from Fairview, Oklahoma, Usa replies: "Yeah! Molasses, molasses, molasses. I have a digestive problem with BSM; have celiac disease and the malt seems to be a real problem. I am also anemic. I have found spinach, peaches, beetroot, cinnamon and chickory all to be helpful. Of course, energy begats energy and exercise (moderate when tired) is great for an energy boost."
06/21/2011: Catherine from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Beetroot is one of the vegetables high in oxalates which impairs non-heme iron absorption. Other foods also high in oxalates include spinach, kale, nuts, chocolate, tea, rhubarb, strawberries and herbs such as oregano, basil and parsey. This will suprise many as it goes against the popular perception of these items."
09/27/2011: Frank from Humphrey, Nebraska replies: "Iron Inhibitors in Your Iron Rich Vegetables
One problem with a list of food based solely on the content of a metal is that some foods themselves contain substances that inhibit iron absorption. Spinach is high in oxalic acid which can be cooked off in boiled spinach (discard the water) or in steamed spinach. A wilted spinach salad may be in order if the steam water is allowed to run off. The immature soy beans contain phytic acid which inhibit your iron absorption as well."
[YEA] 12/02/2011: Desiree from Branson, Missouri replies: "My mother has had normocytic anemia for years and years. This is when each red blood cell is in good shape, but the amount of red blood cells is fewer than there should be. She has taken iron pills (ferrous sulfate) for a while now and it has slightly helped, but she has still had the anemia. In the past year she has had severe kidney ailments and was hospitalized and given several blood transfusions. Recently I have been taking care of her and she has been eating a lot healthier, taking herbs for her liver and kidneys, drinking ACV, and drinking a smoothie with fruits and vegetables every day. Her health has drastically improved, but she still had the anemia.
However, about 2 weeks ago I started putting a cup of beet kvass in her smoothies and on her most recent visit to the doctor, her anemia improved quite a bit. She still has it, but it's gotten way better. She also takes the iron supplement still, but that alone wasn't doing it. I'm certain it's the beet kvass that has improved her red blood cell count."
12/02/2011: Dud from From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa replies: "Desiree;
I heard a researcher speak 5 days ago on the chemical cause of Multiple Sclerosis. He & others had found a link between certain industrial solvents and MS. I think one chemical he named was di-chlor-ethylene [from memory] or similar. He said it was used in the clothing dry-cleaning business, and to clean mechanical parts with. The risk of a worker working with these chemicals was a ~700 % increase in risk of getting MS, or other nerve degenerative disease. The chemicals were entering the skin and de-greasing the physical nerve fibers of their natural grease.
Is it possible that most of your 20 relatives work in the dry-cleaning business? ... Or automotive repair business?... Or works in a factory that makes or uses these chemical compunds?
This researcher had published his data in some scientific journal recently. The name of which I cannot remember.
Oscar may have something with the bht therapy for MS, in that bht supposedly stabilizes oils & greases, so may help stabilize your nerve fiber grease."
12/04/2011: Desiree from Branson, Missouri replies: "Dud, I don't believe my mom has multiple sclerosis. She has never been diagnosed with it or shown signs of having it. She suffers from liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, and overall digestive system problems which I believe is making her red blood cells struggle. She is definitely on a track to recovery though.
I also recently read a post from Peter out of Seattle WA talking about his liver cirrhosis. He says Selenium, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Milk Thistle made his condition greatly improve. He was walking only a few yards with a cane before treatment and then a few weeks later was able to walk miles. He was treated by Dr. Berkson who I need to look up more information about. My mom is taking the milk thistle and starting today she is on selenium and alpha lipoic acid as well. I will update with any news."
12/09/2011: Dud from Somewhere In, Wv, Usa replies: "Desiree;
I made a mistake somehow. My message about the MS [multiple sclerosis] somehow got misplaced into your thread, by mistake. I intended to respond to some lady who had 20 relatives who had came down with MS (! ).
I hope you find some answers for your situation also. Glad your mom is doing better."
Blackstrap Molasses for Anemia
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Blackstrap Molasses - 1 Tablespoon
Add a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses to your diet each day. A single serving of molasses can supply 70% of your daily iron needs. Look for blackstrap (and possibly unsulphured) molasses. It may only be available in a health food store.
[YEA] 06/04/2012: Nurse Jon, Rn from Scranton, Pa: "Black Strap Molasses / Anemia
When working in the hospital as the case manager for patients who would refuse blood transfusions (the majority of my patients were not for religous reasons, rather for health concerns) there would be some who the blood building drug EPO would not work.
According to the manufacturer guidelines, the TIBC (total iron binding capicity) study needed to be used and not the traditioinal iron stores that the docs typically asked for. When the EPO did not work, the TIBC was always low. On getting a doctors order and approval from the pharmacy, we gave one table spoon of BSM mixed with peanut butter three times a day.
We saw 3 grams per dl increase in RBC (red blood cell) counts in as little as 24 hours. It was not that the body was making blood miraculously as it takes 2 weeks for a stem cell (red blood cell wanna-be's) to mature, rather the theory was that the signaling that the blood would be available soon caused a release of shunted blood.
This happened in patients with hemaglobin blood counts as low as 2.9 (the lowest I case managed). Counts continued to rise for the next few days until they were at safe levels. Most were cancer patients. Research shows that avoiding blood transfusions decreases the risk of metastatic cancer. BSM makes this possible. None of my BSM doped patients returned with metastatic cancer. In time we discovered that EPO was not needed when there was no arthritis. The BSM worked on its own.
In over 600 patients I cared for, not only did none die, they often got out of the hospital faster (1/2 to 3 days) and cheaper than those who got blood. The oldest, a 79 year old woman, got out three days faster than a 35 year old who got blood, both with broken hips. More importantly, The BSM doped patients had lower morbidity (getting sick) and lower mortality (dying) rates that those who got blood.
It should be noted, the only way to get this care is to go to a hospital that specializes in advance transfusion practice or bloodless medicine care.
Now as a holistic nurse, this is one of the treatments of choice for many of my patients who have Risk for 'Altered Nutrition: Less than body requirement to maintain normal red blood cell count (this is a nursing diagnosis for someone who has a medical diagnosis of the various types of anmeia).'
For those with arthritis, I decrease the BSM to a teaspoon once a day and add one raw red beet to their weekly diet."Replies
11/27/2012: Marissa from Pasig, Philippines replies: "thanks very much for the information about BSM and its positive effect on anemia. I have been anemic all my life but recently I have been feeling weak. I also experienced heavy menstrual bleeding the past three months. Doctor attribute my anemia to my heavy menstruation. Doctor suggested hysterectomy (i have myoma which leads to heavy mens). I cringe at the the thought of going under the knife.. So I better work on my hemoglobin. I have been taking BSM for only a week now. I wonder how soon it could increase my hemoglobin count. I hope and pray, it would be soooon!!!"
04/08/2012: Dru from Holyoke, Ma. : "I do not suffer from anemia but I was looking for a sugar alternative. About a week ago I decided on molasses. After reading the mineral content I can't figure out why there isn't more of a push for its use. I have read through your posts and all the positive feedback about Blackstrap Molasses and now I'm convinced I have a winner. Thanks everyone"
11/02/2011: Hira from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada: "Hi I am anemic throughout my life and now I am pregnant and my hemoglobin is 10.3 can I use blackstrap molasses in pregnancy and where can I found it? thanks."Replies
11/03/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "I took it during pregnancy with no problem. On the contrary, I had much more energy."
[YEA] 03/15/2012: Christopher from Elgin, Illinois, U.s. replies: "My wife is pregnant and is also anemic (has come very close to fainting) and is also hypoglycemic (coconut oil has helped along with snacks throughout the day). She has been taking iron supplements even before she was told to. My mom told me about Blackstrap Molasses from earthclinic which we both visit often but of course overlooked anemia here. My wife has been taking Blackstrap Molasses for about 5-6 weeks now and the doctor called this morning, her iron levels are going up (still low though) and said if she keeps at the amount she has been doing she should be fine by delievery (will continue to take it after also). I have also noticed she is much more clear-headed and alert now, the hemoglobin is finally starting to be able to do its job! Thanks for everyone's posts."
[NAY] 07/14/2011: Lynda555555 from Grand Rapids, Mi: "Why do you add recipes that contain milk with molasses to absorb iron? Calcium blocks the absorption of iron. Many people may get sick or worse die from inaccurate info about iron."
[YEA] 07/11/2011: Lee from Belleville, Arkansas: "I love BSM. I had 5 tumors and had to have a hysterectomy. My blood count was down to 8. (The normal being 12-15) my doctor told me I almost had to have a blood transfusion after surgery, but she decided to put me on Ferrus sulfate iron pills. I hated that, so at my 2 week check up we quit the iron and went to BSM. I can tell a real difference!!! I also take folic acid b/c that builds your blood too. I went back to work 4 weeks after my surgery. I would advise anyone to take BSM."Replies
08/11/2011: Catherine from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Reply to Lee, BSM is a much better solution for anemia. Iron compounds to correct anemia need to be under stringent medical control. As early as 1928 they were found to destroy Vitamin E. Later studies showed that taking ferrous sulfate and other iron compounds tremendously increase the need for oxygen, pantothenic acid and several nutrients, that they harm the unsaturated fatty acids, and destroy carotene and vitamins A, C and E. When protein intake is low, iron compounds can cause liver damage.
Where iron deficiency occurs one must look first to the diet, heavy reliance on processed foods can be a cause, lack of B6, B12 & E also, if no problems there then some other things need to be considered. Loss of blood through internal bleeding (as per stomach ulcer) heavy menstrual flow for women and young girls. Increased ferritin levels indicating that the body is storing iron to make it unavailable for pathogens or parasites (also cancer). Blood tests for anemia should in my opinion also include the test for ferritin. I understand the current upper ferritin level in U. S. is 20 though lately some experts claim 0-10 is preferred.
It is hard to have a normal diet low in iron, so anemia should always be investigated and not simply "treated" with iron pills."
12/27/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Louise,
I am so sorry about the anemia. That is exhausting!
I have taken Floradix. My home birth midwives would recommend it in pregnancy. It is very effective, but it is expensive. However, it was much more gentle on the system than iron supplements. I think it works better, too.
In subsequent pregnancies, I have kept pregnancy induced anemia at bay with just Blackstrap Molasses. It is much cheaper than Floradix and may even be better. You can take 1 Tablespoon twice a day. The drawback is that many don't like the taste. You can look on Earth Clinic's Blackstrap Molasses page for ideas on how to take it. My children take it off the spoon. It must be Blackstrap, though.
Alfalfa is also good for anemia. You can buy tablets to take. 6 per day.
Cayenne pepper is also very good for your blood and may help with the bleeding/bruising. Some have concern that it thins the blood, but I think it has a normalizing effect. If it seems to be affecting you adversely, discontinue. I have just had a lot of success with cayenne helping with bleeding issues. It is also excellent to help you feel warmer and give a little extra energy. Start with 1/8t. in a couple ounces of grape juice, 3 x a day. In a week, try 1/4t. in 3-4 ounces of grape juice 3 times a day.
Do you know the root of this problem? Do you have heavy periods? Internal bleeding? Do you know what your platelet count is?
Please keep us posted.
~Mama to Many~"
12/27/2013: Louise from Show Low, Az replies: "I have been dealing with anemia for 5 years now and each time I have my blood tested the levels drop. I am down to a 4 (norm being 15-35) I am tired and cold all the time and not sure what to do. I also bruise very easily. I tried the pills the doctor gave me but just ended up having to take three other pills/liquid to counter act the side effects of the iron pills. My boyfriend talked to our local health store owner and she suggested Floradix. Has anyone else used this supplement? She did tell him that I should not eat Dairy close to taking the supplement as it could inhibit the iron binding. Any help would be appreciated... Feeling very low."
12/27/2013: Mike 62 from Denver, Colorado replies: "Louise: Mama always gives excellent remedies. You might also try raw grassfed liver. You can get this at the natural grocery store. You can grind 30g up in the blender with some water. Take 5000iu d3 each time so the a to d ratios are proper."
06/15/2011: Richelle from Los Angeles, California, Usa: "I suffer from anemia and heavy peiods with bad cramps. I tried BSM but didnt get results fast enough. Maybe I should have given it more time. I have decided to try it again but I am juicing now on a regular basis. Can I use the BSM in the juicing?"Replies
06/20/2012: Nonstop from Santa Clara, Ca replies: "If you have heavy periods, do two things. One the first sign of your period take one motrin, this will reduce flow. Then on day two put Apple cider vinegar in water, one tablespoon to two cups. Just dilute it enough. You have to dilute it so you don't hurt your throat or stomach. This will reduce your period so that you are not bleeding as much and will help your anemia. It will work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
03/12/2013: Had from White River Jct, Vermont replies: "Richelle--- don't take Motrin. You can buy or make your own 'pills' of Cayenne Pepper. Cayenne pepper slows down bleeding( has a blancing effect in the body and can stop a heart attack), put it in a search engine, it's truly an amazing spice. I use it for heavy bleeding, to bring it down to a more 'normal' amount. It truly works."
[NAY] 11/19/2010: Zen from Cairns, Australia: "I was diagnosed with anemia a few months back, I started out taking BSM for 1 month, when I had my iron rechecked I was really optimistic that it would have improved my iron stores but it hadn't. The iron in my blood had gone up from 11 to 19 (normal ranges are 5-30) but my ferritin had dropped even lower from 21 to 18 (normal range 30-150). I swapped to Spatone and my ferratin improved to 26 within 2 weeks."Replies
02/29/2012: Ac from Maple Ridge, Bc, Canada replies: "Hello, I could never tolerate iron pills, or liquid iron from the natural health store, they destroy my stomach. How is this Spatone you mention? Thank you."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 09/03/2009: Nataly from London, UK: "I have been taking black strap molasses 2-3 tsps a day now for the past four weeks, for low iron level anaemia, within a few days I noticed a marked improement, feeling stronger, emotionally and physially, eyelashes looked longer, hair much softer, eyes large and healthy! I had already been taking two tsps of ferrous sulphate twice a day under medical supervision.
I took the black strap molasses for pain in the ankle and leg due to the low iron, I do not think this helped with this but also take some tumeric power which undoubtably has helped and the symptoms are gone.
But I have noticed an increased in fine body hair on the arms and legs... what is this caused from? I also take a bit of cumin each day.
Look forward to your comments. Also should I lower the dose of the iron supplement or the molasses?"Replies
01/27/2010: Judy from Glastonbury, Ct replies: "Thank you all for sharing info on Blackstrap Molasses. About a year ago I started having 12 - 15 day periods. I'm losing iron faster than I can consume it and I now have iron deficiency anemia. I've had almost every test you can think of and they've all come back negative. My doc put me on ferrous sulfate (one pill a day) and is suggesting an endometrial ablation, but I don't feel comfortable with such an invasive procedure if they don't know what's wrong. I do have Celiac Disease, but was never iron deficient. Finally, someone suggested that the allergy shots I was getting could disrupt hormone levels, which affects iron count through excessive blood loss. I also read that food allergies can affect hormones as well.
I'm getting my iron checked again next week and I just know it's low again because I have all the usual symptoms. I'm going tell my doc that I want to ditch the iron pills in favor of the BSM. Thanks for all of the info!"
09/03/2010: Wavedeva from New York, NY replies: "I also had extremely heavy periods which caused me to be severely anemic. In fact my ferritin level went down to 4 (i. E. , I almost had no iron stored in my body). The best iron supplement to take is ferrous fumerate. Mix this with B12 and vitamin C to increase its absorption by the body. In the U. S. You can buy a ferrous fumerate and vitamin C combination supplement over the counter. I take this everyday with B-vitamin supplements. It has worked much better than taking ferrous sulphate alone."
[YEA] 10/08/2010: Krystal from Rochester, Ny replies: "I use to be a die hard blood donor for years. The ARC turned me down a lot now due to low iron from my Pica/period. I took 1 tbs of blackstrap molasses (non sulfured kind) with water a day, drank beetjuice with apple once a week and my hemoglobin levels shot up fast! I have more energy, I am happier, hair grew back, I gave blood to those who need it now (how ironic huh? @_@), and my pica is cured! Haven't craved toilet paper since!"
10/08/2010: Laurie from Arundel, Qc replies: "What is the mixture for the blackstrap..... I had 5 tranfusions last year and am always looking at ways to keep up my red count!!!"
[YEA] 09/02/2008: Kylie from Whitianga, New Zealand: "Blackstrap Molasses & Anemia: I have HYPERthyroidism and have to have blood tests every month which show low iron (but I've never been diagnosed as anemic). I tried Blackstrap Molasses for a month and my iron reading improved substantially. I took about 4 teaspoons a day for a month. My specialist asked me to stop taking it as she was worried about the iodine content but I'm going to go back on it as it doesn't constipate (and I feel is better absorbed) than iron tablets. I also notice better, tighter skin on my face and a healthy glow. Can't stand the taste or smell of it so the easiest way I've found to take it is to put a teaspoon of it in your mouth, then wash it down with water. Quick and painless!"
[YEA] 04/13/2008: Shelly from Billings, Montana: "I have been anemic all of my life. I was born with it. After a recent blood test revealed my level being at 9 points, my physician insisted on having me eat an iron fortified cereal each day. When I suggested black strap molasses, he laughed and said it would only make me sick. I decided to go with BSM after reading up on it's nutrients. Nothing against cereal, but I'm not a big cereal eater. After taking in 2 tablespoons of BSM for a month, my level went from 9 points to 11. I stopped feeling tired, having rapid heart beats, and slept better. Oh and another benefit to this? Lighter period and less cramping. My doctor could not believe that BSM raised my level. To note: I used unsulphered BSM."
[NAY] 11/25/2007: Kim from Philadelphia, PA: "About 6 months ago I found out I had very low iron levels (they were at a 7 and I think normal is a 12) The DR. put me on iron pills twice daily which did help. Than I read about the BSM and started taking it about a week or so ago instead of the iron pills. At first I thought it made me feel better and energized but now I am starting to notice some of my old symtoms coming back again like dizzy spells at night and just an overall strange feeling. I'm kind of concerned too because I read on another site that BSM really has no benefits at all and that was on rawfoodexplained.com I was just wondering if anyone knows if there is any truth to the article or not. I will be getting my iron levels checked soon and will find out if it is actually working or not."
[YEA] 09/28/2007: Nicole from Los Angeles, CA: "I am a huge fan of BSM. I have used it to help alleviate symptoms from anemia and it really works. Recently, I had a weird thing happen where I was feeling slightly nauseated after consuming even small amounts of sugar. I switched from drinking my customary one cup of coffee to a cup of English tea sweetened with BSM and some half & half. The nausea disappeared and on top of that I feel like I am burning 'cleaner' energy- if you will. Maybe it's the minerals. Give it a try- it's great!"
[YEA] 06/04/2007: Katy from Astoria, Oregon: "Molasses (Remedy): Molasses is packed with iron and other nutrients. I have a large fibroid and have been losing lots of blood during period, this caused my iron deficiency! I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia and was not craving ice like many of the other writers, but was eating tons of MINTS. Ice craving, I have read many times, is associated with iron deficiency! It's actually called "Pica," or a craving for unusual substances without nutritional value. People often eat dirt as well. I noticed that when I ate molasses as well as started an iron supplement along with my usual multivitamin, my mint craving went away. I see that people say their ice craving went away after taking molasses and that made me want to mention the link with iron deficiency and this strange craving! Thanks."