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Easy and Effective Natural Cures for Anemia

Jul 26, 2016


A number of natural remedies are effective for treating anemia, but a few of the most effective ones include blackstrap molasses, chlorophyll, and beetroot.

Is Anemia a Disease?

Many people look at anemia as a disease in and of itself, but it is actually just a result of nutritional deficiency. Anemia is a condition that occurs when an individual does not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. The condition has a variety of causes and ranges from temporary to long-term and mild to severe. You may develop anemia if you have a condition that causes your body to produce an insufficient amount of red blood cells, your body loses red blood cells too quickly, or your body destroys red blood cells.

Can I “Rebuild” My Blood with Natural Remedies?

The goal for treating anemia is rebuilding the supply of red blood cells in the body. This level can typically be achieved by incorporating different dietary supplements and natural remedies into your everyday routine. Blackstrap molasses, chlorophyll, and beetroot are three of the most effective treatment options.

1. Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is the sweet leftovers of forming refined sugar. As such, it is full of important nutrients including iron, manganese, and others. These nutrients help restore the natural nutrient composition in the body to help boost red blood cell supply.

2. Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is almost an exact match of the red blood cells or hemoglobin in the human body. With such a unique composition, chlorophyll can serve as a substitute for red blood cells until the body is able to replenish the healthy red blood cell count.

3. Beetroot

Beetroot may very well be the best natural remedy for anemia. It cleanses the body while supplying oxygen and increasing the blood count in the body, making it an ideal treatment for the condition.

While the exact treatment for anemia is typically merited by the actual cause of the condition, these treatments contain important nutrients that boost red blood cell counts in any case. Continue reading below for many more wonderful anemia remedies from our readers and let us know which remedy helped cure your anemia!

Remedies for Anemia



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Beetroot22011-12-02
Blackstrap Molasses262015-03-02
Blackstrap Molasses, Vitamin C12013-05-18
Blood Building Recipe12009-09-11
Carao Fruit12008-04-25
Chlorophyll32013-03-04
Coffee Enemas, Amino Acids, Supplements12014-01-22
Cream of Wheat12009-06-12
Cream of Wheat Cereal, Molasses, Raisins and Flax Seeds22008-01-21
Foods High in Nitrilosides for Sickle Cell Anemia12007-12-05
Ice Cravings12008-08-13
Iron12014-07-01
Lettuce12015-06-30
Multiple Remedies12012-05-04
Oil Pulling10000-00-00
Pekmezi12010-12-08
Pumpkin Seeds42008-09-22
Supplements12011-12-16
Vitamin C, Raisins12010-02-12
Vitamin E Deficiency10000-00-00

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Posted by Desiree (Branson, Missouri) on 12/02/2011
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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.


Posted by John Moore (Ayutthaya, Thailand.) on 04/08/2009

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.

Thank you all and best wishes from Ayutthaya Thailand.

John Moore.

Replied by Linda
Fairview, Oklahoma, Usa
02/05/2011
5 out of 5 stars
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.
Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
06/21/2011
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.
Replied by Frank
Humphrey, Nebraska
09/27/2011
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.


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Posted by Lisa (So. Cal) on 03/02/2015
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Two of my children had anemia. We tried many iron supplements for several months and their iron levels barely moved up. I tried 1 teaspoon of blackstrap in chocolate rice milk once a day and within 2 months, their iron levels were normal.

Replied by Mauri
Covington, Louisiana
01/13/2016
I have recently discovered that I have severe anemia. I have extreme bouts of fatigue and exhaustion as well as brittle fingernails that will not grow. How much blackstrap molasses should I be taking each day?
Replied by Timh Donate

Ky
01/14/2016
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
01/14/2016
Mauri, start small - about a teaspoon, twice a day. You will probably see immense improvements when you build up to a tablespoon twice a day. Later, you can back down to a tablespoon once a day and later yet, a tablespoon once in a few days.

The first thing you might notice, is more energy!!

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee
01/14/2016
Liquid Chlorophyll is also a help in building up the blood. Midwives often have mothers take it if they bleed too much after birth. Even a Tablespoon several times a day. (It will turn the stool dark, though.)

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Herbert
Fort Worth, Texas
04/06/2016
5 out of 5 stars
Take 1 tbsp. molasses, half fresh squeezed lemon, and 1 cup water mix well and drink.

During the day eat beets or drink beet juice and don't forget your selenium, vitamin C and folate acid. Post in 1 month with the good news.

Herb The Herbalist

Replied by Artemis
New York City
06/26/2016
Dear Herb: I am trying to find the best beet root powder - can you recommend any? If you buy the juice they are pretty expensive..around $5 a bottle. Thanks

Posted by Nurse Jon, Rn (Scranton, Pa) on 06/04/2012
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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.

Replied by Marissa
Pasig, Philippines
11/27/2012
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!!!
Replied by Candice
Parkville, Mo
03/16/2016
Nurse Jon, Your review on BSM Was so informative. As a person who suffers from long term anemia I would love to know of a brand of BSM THAT YOU WOULD SUGGEST. Thank you for your words. It left me feeling like there is hope.
Stacey
London
03/19/2016
Hi sorry whats BSM? Thanks Stacey x

EC: BSM = Blackstrap Molasses.


Posted by Dru (Holyoke, Ma. ) on 04/08/2012

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


Posted by Hira (Vancouver, British Columbia Canada) on 11/02/2011

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.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
11/03/2011
I took it during pregnancy with no problem. On the contrary, I had much more energy.
Replied by Christopher
Elgin, Illinois, U.s.
03/15/2012
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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.

Posted by Lynda555555 (Grand Rapids, Mi) on 07/14/2011
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Warning
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.


Posted by Lee (Belleville, Arkansas) on 07/11/2011
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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.

Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
08/11/2011
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.

Replied by Louise
Show Low, Az
12/27/2013
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.
Carmel
Essex Uk
03/21/2016
The symptoms you describe tell me it may be underactive thyroid that is the problem.
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
12/27/2013
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~

Replied by Mike 62
Denver, Colorado
12/27/2013
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.
Replied by Artemis
Nyc
06/26/2016
Yes, being hypothyroid can be a problem for weakness, etc. But, don't know if it also relates to iron defficiency as I've had for a long time. Will definitely start on the BSM.. And also add beet root juice. EarthClinic - we love youuuu so much - thank god for those who invented the internet and thus after all these years allowing everyone to have the ability to educate themselves on healing...staing away from doctors who are a horrible JOKE...and not so funny when they couldn't diagnose a runny nose if their lives depended on it. Sorry....I have reason to despise the medical profession in this country. Be well and stay with Mother Nature.

Posted by Richelle (Los Angeles, California, Usa) on 06/15/2011
1 out of 5 stars

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?

Replied by Had
White River Jct, Vermont
03/12/2013
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.

Posted by Caroleco1 (Buffalo, New York, USA) on 02/16/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered from anemia for a number of years. I find that the Blackstrap Molasses help to build the iron. I drink 1 tablespoon in the morning with 1/2 glass of milk. I drink one tablespoon in the evening before bedtime with 1/2 glass of milk. I suffer from AVM of the small intestines, it cannot be treated with surgery. Ever so often I bleed internally so it is important to keep my iron levels up. I cannot eat too many dark leafly vegetables because I am on Warfarin for artificial heart valves. Vitamin K. I prefer the Blackstrap Molasses over a blood transfusion anyday. I am 54 years old and 95 pounds. After 5 kids all grown except one. Does anyone out there have any recipes for smoothies. Thanks!


Posted by Zen (Cairns, Australia) on 11/19/2010
1 out of 5 stars

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.


Posted by Krystal (Rochester, Ny) on 10/08/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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!


Posted by Nataly (London, UK) on 09/03/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects
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?


Posted by Kylie (Whitianga, New Zealand) on 09/02/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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!


Posted by Shelly (Billings, Montana) on 04/13/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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.



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