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7 Foods SC Patients Need

There are many different foods that help to improve circulation and red blood cell production. But for those of us that aren’t so adventurous here are a few foods that you probably use everyday, and have so many positive benefits for sickle cell patients. Try to incorporate at least 2 of these in every meal you eat, and seriously avoid fatty foods…I cannot stress that enough!

1. Green, leafy vegetables like Kale, Spinach, Bok Choy, Turnip Greens and pretty much every vegetable with a leaf. They are high in folate aka folic acid.  This aids in improving appetite, cell production, growth and red blood cell formation.

2. Beets: Beets are high in iron, help build the blood and oxygenate the body. Beets have an added advantage of detoxify-ing the kidneys, liver and bladder…which we need since we are on so many ‘other’ harsh meds.

3. Brown Rice: If you must eat rice regularly (like I do), then switch to brown rice. This is one of the most energetically balanced food. It strengthens the lungs and the spleen.

4. Garlic: When my mom used to make me eat garlic everyday, I hated it with a passion, but I never feel sick with colds and the flu. Garlic is a great immune system builder, relieves cramps and helps to expel cold and dampness from your body by increasing your inner body temperature. How awesome is that?

5. More Veggies: I cannot stress the importance of vegetables. Diets high in meats and fatty foods tend to make sickle cell patients go into crises more. Try to eliminate meat from your diet completely, and if not, then try to limit your meat intake to small amounts a couple of times a week. Instead, bulk up on veggies like cabbage, mustard greens, onions, radishes.  Also throw in kidney beans, lentils, sorghum, millet and you have yourself a balanced diet.

6. Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne is another great detoxifier. It strengthens your immune system, disperses congestion, clears your sinuses, expels cold and helps to calm abdominal pains (by dilating the veins/arteries in the abdomen, increasing circulation, thereby increasing oxygenation). I love me some cayenne pepper…I can sprinkle it on almost everything.

7. Root vegetables: Root veggies like carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, yucca root, African yam, cassava and anything from that family are known to inhibit sickling and helps to increase red blood cell production. You can bake, steam, juice or broil them. As long as you don’t fry them…you are doing good.

I hope this gives you a starting point. If you have any other tips, please do share.

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Sickle Cell Warrior

Tosin is dedicated to perpetuating healthy and positive messages about sickle cell. Although sickle cell is a subject often taboo in the communities this condition is most prevalent, Tosin's message is that sickle cell is not something to be ashamed of and you can live a rich and fulfilling life with sickle cell. Sickle cell warriors are the most amazing people in the world, with a great fortitude for compassion, willpower and strength.

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58 Comments

  1. Jack
    Jack June 09, 07:01

    Thank you for the education. I have a son who is sc genotype. Is it possible to do a marrow transplant?

  2. fomdarl
    fomdarl June 14, 17:28

    How long can beet juice be taken for anemia (PCV of 14%)?

  3. Ojara Francis
    Ojara Francis June 30, 00:23

    IF there any good which can help reduce problems for someone who has already had a stroke?

  4. Obaapa
    Obaapa July 08, 07:02

    A very useful site I have found. I have a 4yr old daughter with SC. The information here would be of great support. Please any advice on how to improve the colour of her eyes? They are mostly light yellowish .

  5. Chizzy
    Chizzy July 28, 15:04

    Thanks for this info. My son is 2 and I would like any advice on how to improve the color of his eyes.

  6. boy
    boy August 04, 22:03

    Is it possible to do a bone marrow transplant for 4 year old and where is it done?

  7. lynn
    lynn August 17, 12:09

    Hi, I am so glad to find this site. I have SC and have been getting blood transfusions. I am pregnant and my doctor said it is not healthy and I’m at risk. What food will help me?

  8. Love
    Love September 20, 13:27

    Thanks for the hints! I appreciate it as I am a SC patient, but only suffer when it is very cold. I am very strong at work. All I normally had when it was very cold were cramps in all my joints.

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