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Increase platelet count naturally?

Platelets are blood cells that help with clotting, and it is essential to maintain their levels. However, some people have thrombocytopenia, or a low platelet count, which means they have to find ways to increase their levels.

Eating certain foods may help increase a person's platelet count naturally.

Foods to eat to increase platelet count include:

folate-rich foods

foods rich in vitamins B-12, C, D, and K

iron-rich foods

Supplements of these nutrients are available and may help raise a person's platelet count.

Avoiding specific products, such as alcohol and the artificial sweetener aspartame, can also help to increase platelet count.

Foods containing folate or folic acid include:

dark, leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and Brussels sprouts

beef liver

black-eyed peas

fortified breakfast cereals and dairy alternatives



People should be careful not to consume excessive amounts of folic acid from supplements or fortified foods because high levels can interfere with vitamin B-12 function.

Eating lots of folate-rich foods does not cause problems.

Vitamin B-12 is necessary for the formation of red blood cells.

Low levels of B-12 in the body may also contribute to low platelet counts.

According to the NIH, people aged 14 and over require 2.4 mcg of vitamin B-12 daily. Pregnant and breastfeeding women require up to 2.8 mcg.

Vitamin B-12 is present in animal-based products, including:

beef and beef liver


fish, including clams, trout, salmon, and tuna

Dairy products also contain vitamin B-12, but some research suggests that cow's milk can affect the production of platelets.

Vegetarians and vegans can get vitamin B-12 from:

fortified cereals

fortified dairy alternatives, such as almond milk or soy milk


Vitamin C plays a vital role in the immune function. Vitamin C also helps the platelets work correctly and enhances the body's ability to absorb iron, which is another essential nutrient for platelets.

Many fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, including:


Brussels sprouts

citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits


red and green bell peppers


Note that heat destroys vitamin C, so it may be best to eat vitamin C-rich foods raw when possible.

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