5 nutrients that can help increase red blood cell count

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1st December, 2020 12:21:46 printer

5 nutrients that can help increase red blood cell count

Do you often feel extremely tired even after a peaceful sleep at night?

If you experience these conditions often, then it can be a sign of a serious medical condition known as anaemia, which in general terms means your red blood cell (RBC) count is low.

RBC is responsible for transporting oxygen to a different part of the body and when its count is low, your body has to work harder to deliver oxygen throughout the body.

This can put you at the risk of developing complications like depression, premature delivery, high risk of infection and other.

To overcome this issue naturally, include nutrients that help in the production of RBC.

Here are 5 nutrients that must be an essential part of your diet:

Iron-rich foods

Iron deficiency is a common cause of anaemia and to overcome this include more iron-rich foods. Red meat, legumes, eggs, beans and dried fruits are some common sources of iron.


Folate is a type of vitamin B, needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow. The supplement of folate is known as folic acid. Leafy green vegetables like spinach, peas and lentils are some excellent sources of folate.

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 has an important role to play in the formation of the RBC.

This nutrient is primarily formed in the dairy products and animal-based sources of foods like red meat, fish, Cereals and shellfish, Times of India reported.


Copper does not directly help in the production of RBC, but it assists RBC to access iron, required to replicate itself. Eating copper-rich foods like shellfish, cherries, and fish can make the production of RBC easy.