How to Improve My Hemoglobin Count

Improve your hemoglobin count.
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The red cells in the body carry a protein called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is what makes the blood appear red. The hemoglobin in the blood picks up oxygen from the lungs and transports it to the peripheral tissues to keep the cells viable. The hemoglobin molecules in the red blood cells also contain iron that is essential for good health. If you have a low hemoglobin count, you might be suffering from an iron deficiency problem. Here are few ways you can improve your hemoglobin count.

    Food like halibut can improve hemoglobin levels.

    Eat foods that contain heme iron. You can boost low hemoglobin levels by eating foods such as beef, tuna, pork, chicken, halibut, lamb or oysters. These foods can help improve low hemoglobin levels.

    Cooked asparagus can raise your hemoglobin count.

    Eat foods that contain non heme iron. Foods that contain non heme iron include beans, nuts, potatoes, cooked spinach, cooked green beans, cooked asparagus, avocado, raisins, dried apricots, dates, whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta and whole wheat cereal.

    Hemoglobin levels can be boosted by taking an iron supplement.

    Take an iron supplement with food or juice that is high in vitamin C. When you look for an iron supplement, be sure it includes ferrous sulfate. Iron is absorbed more efficiently when combined with vitamin C. Foods rich in vitamin C include tomatoes, citrus fruits, kiwi, grapefruit juice, strawberries, papaya, broccoli and cantaloupe.

    Certain substances like coffee can deter iron absorption.

    Avoid foods or substances that will deter iron absorption. Certain foods or other substances can hinder iron from being absorbed properly. These foods include dairy products, foods that are high in fiber, coffee, tea, beer, wine, sodas and calcium supplements.


    • Talk with your doctor before changing your diet in any way to improve your hemoglobin count.

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