|Sickle Cell Anemia is a form of anemia,
it is a serious incurable condition where the hemoglobin does not form
properly which causes the red blood cells to be deformed. Normal red blood
cells are small round flat disks with a dent in the center. Sickle cells
are crescent shaped. These deformed cells can get stuck in small blood
vessels which causes a deficiency of oxygen. Sickle cell disease may cause
the following: blood clots, fever, joint pain, long term anemia, lack of
energy, spleen enlargement, and weakness. Flare-ups can occur due to
infection or surgery and proper nutrition can help prevent this from
occurring. Sickle cell anemia is a genetic condition that mainly affects people of
African or West Indian heritage.
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|It very important
for creating red blood cells and often people who suffer anemia are
deficient in folic acid. The amount of folic acid believed needed for
health has increased and it may even be more important than iron for
people with anemia.
|contains vitamin B
complex especially B6 & B12, folic acid, vitamin E,
vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B complex, calcium, copper, and zinc.
These help maintain the health of a person with sickle cell anemia.
This should help with the lack of energy.
|also known as cyanocobalamin, It aids folic acid in regulating the formation of red blood cells,
and helps in the utilization of iron.
|is vitamin B5 which is needed
for proper red blood cell production.
|is also known as vitamin B6,
It is required for cell reproduction and it also helps with the
absorption of vitamin B12 in the body.
|herb that helps the body's
immune system to fight off infection
|C vitamins are essential in increasing
the body's immunity and they help to prevent
inflammation. Vitamin C also is needed for iron absorption in the body.
|vitamin A is an important
antioxidant that helps boost the immune system and
aids in tissue repair. It also works well
with vitamin C in a vitamin and mineral supplement.
|this mineral is required for
good red blood cell production in the body.
|enhances healing and works
with copper. (See multi-vitamin supplement)
|has anti-viral properties and helps to increase the body's energy
Other Changes To Make
drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or
filtered water a day
eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)
nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good
juice is good (make your
own with a juice machine)
do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods
carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack
a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)
do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks
do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...
use stress relief like going for walks in the park
(or the 10/90 rule - see
brown rice is good to eat
avoid red meat and animal fats
reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others
fast a few days a month
get at least 8 hours of sleep
exercise light to moderate amounts
avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet
do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke
do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal
do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry
do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else