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    • 11 SEP 16


    Anaemia can feature with the following symptoms: low energy, fatigue, paleness, heart palpitations.

    Anaemia can occur due to : genetic reasons; malabsorption of nutrients from food; body’s own immune system breaking down red blood cells causing a low blood cell count; mutations of G6PD gene resulting in insufficient red blood cell production, resulting in lower than necessary levels of oxygen for tissues and organs.

    Commonly, anaemia occurs due to menstrual blood loss and is a condition found to exist in about 15% of all women. Patients with a long history of heavy menstrual bleeding are likely to have low iron reserves and therefore anaemia. This steadily weakens the body, with a lack of iron and reduced haemoglobin levels and tendency toward lower ability to capture oxygen, alongside symptoms of breathlessness.

    Haemoglobin is the protein-iron compound in blood that binds with oxygen and transports oxygen to the cells and carbon dioxide from the cells.

    Iron is important for maintaining haemoglobin levels and it is common for vegetarians to suffer from anaemia. Many women are prescribed iron tablets by their GPs to help with anaemia, but struggle to take them due the iron tablets disagreeing with their body, either causing vomiting or nausea.

    Minerals/vitamins are important and bone marrow functioning requires: vitamin B12, iron, and folic acid, to produce red blood cells and those at greatest risk from anaemia are usually low in these.

    Producing an herbal alternative from wild hunza apricots, blackstrap molasses and several other ingredients is an ‘iron’ tonic that may be helpful, natural option. Bitter herbs would be used to support bile production in the liver and help with absorption of nutrients.