Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Itp – Foods That Help a Low Platelet Count

If you have a low platelet count, either from Idiopathic thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) or some other immune system disease, please consider what it is that you are eating.
Besides being aware of all the foods that you should not eat, surprisingly there are some wonderful super foods available which can surely help if you have a low platelet count.
First you should eliminate from your diet all foods that act as irritants to your system and which cause inflammation such as sugars, refined grains, saturated fats, fast foods, processed foods and sodas to mention a few. These common, but harmful foods will just aggravate a low platelet count.
Then you need to introduce an abundance of raw, fresh, preferably organic, healthy foods to your diet. There a many super foods available to assist with your ITP and low platelet count. These wonder foods will decrease inflammation and help your body heal, which in turn will increase platelets . I must stress though that just by eating these super foods to increase platelets, may not work as well as you would like if you don't in fact eliminate completely all of the bad foods in your diet and also take into consideration any other contributing factors that may contribute to your low platelet count, such as a virus, parasites, acute allergies etc.
The following are some of the super foods that will help with your low platelet count.
All food that contains Omega 3's – "the king of all fats" these include wild salmon, flax seed oil, cod liver oil. I found these especially useful in overcoming my daughter's ITP disorder. Just why are these so super and why do they help with a low platelet count? Omega-3 fatty acids, which are not produced by the body, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, increase your ratio of good to bad cholesterol, and may lesson the risk of cancer.
Omega-3's definitely boost the immune system and will strengthen it and help build up low platelet levels.
Organically grown tomatoes – these nutrient powerhouses are jam packed with antioxidants such as lycopene not commonly found in may other foods, they are also loaded with vitamins and minerals such as potassium and vitamin c.
Berries – All berries, especially blueberries, just bursting with phytonutrients that neutralize free radicals (agents that cause inflammation in the body as well as aging and cellular damage), these tasty little morsels pack a punch when you are trying to build up your low platelet count.
I found that diet was a main contributing factor to my daughter Vivianna's ITP blood disorder, and educating ourselves regarding proper foods to eat was crucial to her recovery.
Author: Maggi Pier
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