We would suggest the following vitamins:
Vitamin B 9: Folate and Vitamin B12: A deficiency in both can cause mild /moderate low platelet counts. *Supplements*.
- Food sources: Vitamin B12: Chicken liver, beef, turkey, salmon, tuna, yoghurt.
- Food sources Vitamin B9: Spinach, asparagus, avocados, beetroot, beans and lentils.
Vit D: Plays a valuable role in stem cells in the bone marrow that produce platelets and help with autoimmune dis-ease. * Supplements * Sunshine: Midday sun, minimal clothing, 20 minutes a day, no sunscreen *
Vitamin K: Required for blood clotting. Has anti-inflammatory properties and is known for treating bleeding disorders.
Sea vegetables: Chlorophyll, algae and seaweed help bind heavy metals, raise immunity and provide nutrients. Wheatgrass is also very good.
Decrease or Eliminate Alcohol: Increased alcohol consumption can lead to suppression of blood cell production. Defective red blood cells that are destroyed prematurely is common and a high number of white blood cells can lead to an autoimmune disease or bacterial infections. The general rule of thumb is 1 glass for women per day and 2 for men. So, if suffering from Thrombocytopenia, you should have even less.
Eliminate sugary drinks/sodas: Packed with chemicals that can also disturb normal platelet production. Artificial sweeteners and preservative included.
Reduce toxic chemical exposure: Pesticides, non-organic produce, mercury from some seafood, arsenic, benzene can all slow platelet production down.
- Buy organic produce.
- Use natural cleaning products like Prozac.
- Use natural organic beauty products.
- Use organic fertiliser to grow your own foods.
- Use ceramic containers to store leftovers instead of plastic.
- Avoid amalgam fillings.
Decrease or avoid drugs: Aspirin, ibuprofen can thin your blood and affect your platelet count. Alternatives for inflammation is a diet high in omega 3 fatty acids, turmeric and Frankincense and Peppermint Essential Oils. Into a blend of 20ml coconut oil, add 10 drops of Essential Oils (5 of each). Place a drop on the inside of your arm for 24 hours as a patch test. If ok, apply to the affected area to ease pain and inflammation.
Treat bruises naturally: Apply neat Lavender oil to your bruises.
Be careful: Avoid accidents and injuries as much as possible.