• Low blood count and fatigue

    Asked by alivenwell on Saturday, January 19, 2013

    Low blood count and fatigue

    What are the best foods that can be eaten to retain or build up a blood count?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • carm's Avatar

      Alivenwell, foods that are rich in iron will increase oxygen rich blood. Fatigue is the number one side effect of all therapies combined. Vitamin B-12 helps to increase your energy level and can be found at any drug store over the counter. They are available in easy melt wild cherry form that can be chewed or allowed to melt on your tongue like a lozenge. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Please do not start taking any supplements without clearing it with your oncologist, since they can counteract the effectiveness of your chemo. It highly unlikely that eating iron rich foods or taking supplements will have any beneficial effects on your blood count or fatigue in the short term anyway. Iron deficiency anemia or pernicious anemia (B-12 deficiency) usually requires months or years of supplementation to maintain a normal level now. And if you are not anemic now, taking too much iron or B-12 can create more problems than it solves.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I have been having blood count issues for several months. Speak with your oncology team about what you can do to help improve them. How low is low, and which counts we are talking about make a difference. There are medications that can help build up your white and red blood counts, if they get dangerously low, but not very much they can do for low platelets. Ask your team about ginseng tea it can help with fatigue, my Oncologist knows about all my supplements I take and we've tweaked the list several times.

      almost 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      Definitely talk with your oncologist first before taking any supplements, like Nancyjac says. They usually have a nutritionist on staff who can help with dietary recommendations after you talk with your doc. In the meantime, keep taking care of yourself, get enough rest, hydrate.

      almost 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Thanks for the information. I noticed they gave me intravenous magnesium and potassium during chemo treatment. I've been taking iron supplements for years and listed that on the oncologist's papers. Prior to the first treatment, I had a normal iron level. They gave me a white blood count replacement (neo?) also intravenously after the first treatment to help my ability to fight off any new illnesses. So far, the count after the 2nd treatment was below normal, so I was looking for ways to pick it up on my own via diet. For me, B12 is normal. It seems like I have to shift my diet to simple carbs for FOLFOX like pasta to ward off any nausea or other nasty side effects. I'm trying to eat a high protein diet in between treatments like fish. And, I'm trying to eat colorful vegetables and fruit to increase antioxidants.

      almost 4 years ago
    • RebeccaW's Avatar

      Take chlorophyl with alkaline water. Also avoid garlic, onions and blueberries as they can prevent the bone marrow from producing more blood cells. My husband takes tons of supplements a day according to a book by Dr. Blaylock MD called Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients. Its an amazing book that has helped many cancer patients (just look at the comments on Amazon). Also juicing us an easy way to get nutrients and oxygen into your blood. Try to eat as little processed, junk or fast foods as possible as they hold even more chemicals and hold no nutritional value in your state. My hubby is stage IV colon with 15 tumors on his liver that have shrunk 50% and he feels great. So much so that I went back to work full time

      almost 4 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      Check out the LiveStrong site (http://www.livestrong.com/low-blood-count/) as offer up food suggestions to help raise various blood levels. My blood levels dropped at various times, and I was usually trying to boost one of them or another inbetween chemo treatments. I was lucky to able to do all 12 chemo treatments without my Oncologist having to boost anything with meds.

      almost 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Thanks for the food suggestions and the website. I did order that book as well to read up on it since knowledge is power. To be honest, I will eat just about anything. I've heard about the juicing trend from other people who claim they get better nutrients from it. It looks like it uses a lot of raw vegetables/raw fruits and I'd have to make sure they were very clean before I'd juice them. Darn...I love blueberries. I'll have to eat the other better choices for now.

      almost 4 years ago

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