A low platelet count is a health disorder whereby your blood has a below-normal number of platelets. This condition is medically called thrombocytopenia and it happens when a person has less than 1,50,000 platelets per micro litre of blood (whereas the normal range is between 1,50,000 and 4,50,000). The condition of a person's blood platelet can be known through laboratory test.
Why blood platelet count decreases?
The platelets' count decreases when their production in the bone marrow cell decreases or when they get destroyed in the bloodstream or in the liver or spleen. Certain cancerous diseases, kidney problems, autoimmune disorders and overconsumption of alcohol cause destruction of blood platelets.
Symptoms of low platelet count can be suspected when one suffers frequent bleeding from nose, gum, etc. or gets bruised easily.
There are various treatments available to treat low-platelet count besides medicines, like platelet transfusion or spleen-removal surgery but it is always better to try some home or herbal remedies first to reverse the low count.
Here are 15 foods that come to your rescue if your platelet count has gone down:
1. Papaya leaf juice:
A perfect cure for thrombocytopenia and dengue, which also causes a low platelet count, as has been acknowledged by Ayurveda. Carica papaya leaf juice increases platelet counts significantly. Take honey with papaya leaf juice.
Rich in chlorophyll, magnesium, zinc and antioxidants like beta-carotene and other rich nutrients, wheatgrass is a rich herbal product that cures anaemic ailments.
3. Aloe Vera:
Inclusive of over 200 active ingredients, this rich herb not only increases the platelet count but also improves our immunity.
Another excellent herbal remedy for low platelet count. It has anti-bacterial, anti-rheumatic and anti-allergic properties and strengthens immunity. Have juice of Giloy plant stem.
5. Take all the four ingredients mentioned above with some honey.
The concoction is a super food to increase your platelets.
Amla or Indian gooseberry also helps in increasing platelet count. Take a tablespoon two to three times a day.
7. Ashwagandha root:
A magical herb which increases blood cells and platelets.
8. Rohitakarishta syrup:
An Ayurveda which cures low platelet counts.
9. Tawa tawa tea:
Drink this herbal tea 2-3 times a day to boost your platelet count.
10. Gotu Kola:
An ancient adaptogen which helps increase production of platelets.
Besides these, you can have diet rich in nutrients regularly for effective results:
11. Vitamin K:
Foods that are rich in Vitamin K are helpful in blood-clotting and soothing inflammation, another factor which also destroys platelets. A diet rich in Vitamin K includes:
• Green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale
• Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower
12. Vitamin B9:
This vitamin (also folate) plays a major role in division of cells and increase counts of platelets which are also cells. This vitamin is found in spinaches, whole grain, oranges, etc.
13. Omega-3 fatty acids:
A rich source of anti-inflammatory diet, Omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like fish, walnuts, eggs, flaxseeds, etc. help in anti-inflammation and increase platelet counts.
14. Fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants:
Berries, red guava, dark green vegetables, pumpkin, squash, beetroot, etc. help in raising platelet counts.
15. Vitamin C:
Consumption of Vitamin C is also essential to increase platelet count. Lemons, tomatoes, oranges, broccoli, etc. are a few examples.