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Foods to increase platelet count after dengue

A spike in dengue cases across the country has increased the demand for platelets, cellular components found in the blood that play a vital role in clotting and bleeding. In dengue fever, there is increased destruction of platelets and reduction in the formation of new ones that decrease the platelet count in the blood and increase the risk of internal bleeding and rashes. Those with a blood platelet count below the normal range (between 1.5 and 4 lakh per microlitre) are usually transfused with it to avoid any kind of complications. However, transfusion runs the risk of transmitted infections. So, this method of treatment should not be opted for frequently, unless absolutely necessary. The platelet count could be increased naturally by eating some specific food items. Here we have listed some natural ways to increase your platelet count.

Vitamin B 12

Vitamin B12 also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin mostly found in animal-based food items. It has numerous roles to play in the functioning of the body including increasing the platelet count and keeping the cells healthy. Even the deficiency of this crucial B vitamin can also lower the count of platelet in the blood. An average person requires 2.4 mcg of vitamin B-12 daily and for pregnant and breastfeeding women it is up to 2.8 mcg. Some common sources of Vitamin B12 are eggs, meat, fish and chicken.

Folat

Folate is also a B type vitamin required for the growth of healthy cells. Also known as Vitamin B9 and folacin, the vitamin can help elevate platelet levels, help tissues grow and improve cognitive functioning. Along with Vitamin C, this nutrient can help to break and create new protein. Another functioning of this vitamin includes the formation of red blood cells. Some common sources of folate are black eyed-peas, peanuts, oranges and kidney beans.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C rich food is popular for its immune-boosting properties, but it also plays a vital role in increasing the platelet count. The vitamin mostly present in citric fruit also enhance the body’s ability to absorb iron, which is another essential nutrient to increase platelets count. Increasing the intake of the particular nutrient also helps to cut down the risk of cold and flu during winters. The only thing that needs to be kept in mind is that heat can destroy vitamin C. So, it is best to consume vitamin C-rich foods raw. Broccoli, oranges, grapefruits, bell peppers and strawberries are some common sources of this vitamin.

Iron

Deficiency of iron in the body often leads to anaemia, a condition in which red blood cells that carry adequate oxygen to your body's tissues decreases. Taking a sufficient amount of iron can increase the level of red blood cells and also the platelet count. A healthy amount of blood components can boost your immunity and keep you fit during the winter season. White beans and kidney beans, lentils, pumpkin seeds, spinach are some excellent sources of iron.

What not to have

While some foods can increase the blood platelet count, some can lower it. When your platelet count is low then you must not have some specific foods and beverages like:

Alcohol and Cranberry juice.

                —Times of India