Anemia is defined as a decrease in the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood. The condition is mainly caused by blood loss, the destruction of red blood cells, or your body’s inability to create enough red blood cells.
There are many types of anemia. The most common type is iron-deficiency anemia.
Red blood cells contain a protein called haemoglobin. Haemoglobin contains iron. Without sufficient iron, your body can’t make the haemoglobin it needs to create enough red blood cells to deliver oxygen-rich blood throughout your body.
A lack of folate and vitamin B-12 may also impact your body’s ability to make red blood cells. If your body can’t process B-12 properly, you may develop pernicious anemia.
A diet rich in iron, protein, and vitamin C like the plan below is important if you have anemia. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about supplements as well.