by Dr Noah Olaomo
Low PCV (low blood level) medically known as anaemia is diagnosed in our setting when the PCV is less than 30%. Normal PCV roughly speaking is 30-45%. Anaemia should not be trivialized and should be promptly treated.
Blood production in the body requires many nutrients. If any of the nutrients is deficient, it can result in anaemia (low PCV).
Some of the nutrients required for blood formation include; Folic acid, Vitamin B12, iron, vitamin C among others
So, fruits, vegetables and other food types rich in these nutrients will help a lot in increasing PCV ( treating anaemia). Fruits, vegetables and other food sources rich in the above nutrients include;
•IRON: Sources include watermelon, dates, fig, leafy vegetables, spinach liver, kidney, meat and fish, soya milk
• FOLIC ACID: Sources include; Green leafy vegetables, meat (beef), peas, peanuts, rice and avocadoes
• VITAMIN C: It helps to improve iron absorption. Sources include oranges, other citrus fruits, strawberries, leafy green vegetables.
• VITAMIN B12: Sources include; fish, beef (red meat), milk, cheese and eggs.
• VITAMIN A: Sources include watermelon, grapefruits. Sweet potatoes, carrots, palm oil, green leafy vegetables
Dr Olaomo Noah Oluwafemi is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a love for writing. His desire is to enhance people’s lifestyle and effect positive change in their health through his writings