What is platelet?
Platelet is one of the main components of blood that are produced in the bone marrow. The role of platelet is often linked to blood clotting and preventing excessive bleeding when there is an injured or damaged vessel.
Who needs to increase their platelets in the blood?
The normal platelet count usually ranges from 150,000 to 450, 000 platelets per micro liter of blood; having less than 150,000 platelet count is considered as abnormal – a condition called “thrombocytopenia”.
Patients who are suffering from thrombocytopenia have to boost their platelet count through blood or platelet transfusion, medication, or through food. Even though there are a lot of patients that are suffering from thrombocytopenia, not every one of them has to undergo blood or platelet transfusion.
To fully understand, below are some medical situations that patients with thrombocytopenia have to undergo blood or platelet transfusion:
• Cancer patients (children and adults)
• Patients undergoing transplants or any type of surgery
• Emergency cases where patient’s platelet count is at risk
• Patients who have platelet function defects and are experiencing hemorrhage
In a medical situation where there is a low risk, there are natural ways to boost the numbers of platelet in the body, for instance:
- Eating the right food
Fortunately, there are foods for low platelets; although these foods may not provide faster treatment than what medication and transfusion can do, eating the right food has a huge impact in maintaining and boosting the platelet count in the blood. Below are the top foods that can boost platelet count:
- Foods that contain vitamin K
The vitamin K has anti-inflammatory properties and it helps in boosting the clotting mechanism during blood vessel injury.
- Foods that contain Vitamin B9 (Folate)
The vitamin B9 is an important nutrient that aids in a healthy division of cells; however, if there is a low level of folate in the body, it can contribute to low platelet count. So, to maintain the normal production of platelet count in the body, you have to eat foods that are high in Folate or vitamin b9.
- Food that is high in Iron
Iron plays an essential role in producing healthy cells in the body. According to several medical experts, deficiency of iron in the body may result in low platelet count, since iron-deficiency is often linked to anemia. So, eat food that is high in iron such as beef, peanut, lentils, mussels, and more.
- Take the right supplement
When in doubt, ask your physician for medical advice; do not easily jump into buying supplements that you are unsure if it can help you increase your platelet count. So, before buying one, try to consult your doctor.
- Have enough sleep
Experts have claimed that complete sleep can help you increase and maintain your platelet count since sleeping encourages rebuilding and repairing of cells and tissues in the body.
Normal platelet count plays a huge role in the entire body; experiencing low platelet count could put your health and life at risk; so, keep it healthy through the above-mentioned natural way and by consulting your doctor regularly.