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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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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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32 Comments

  1. Bridget Reynolds
    Bridget Reynolds May 28, 10:34

    Nice article. This should be incorporated into my Plant a Healing Garden series.
    Why not plant a healing garden, especially for those with sickle cell?

    I attest to the yam, beets and bok choi, garlic as well as brown rice. Put those beets in your salads. Eat them hot or cold. Add some cloves. I like to boil the beets, cube them place them in a jar with water and a little (just a little) vinegar, cardamon and cloves you can add a little sugar, honey or agave nectar.

    Don’t forget the beans! Thanks Warrior, its always good to visit your site. Keep up the great work. Love you.

  2. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author May 28, 13:17

    Hey Bridget, could you send me the exact recipe for the beets and I will feature it in the Recipes section? They sound so good. Thanks!

  3. Cyndi
    Cyndi January 21, 05:09

    Thank you for all the info you provide. God bless you for giving back.

  4. Lovelyn Ejele
    Lovelyn Ejele March 22, 09:42

    Thank you for the enlightenment
    You are appreciated

  5. Kalu Bright
    Kalu Bright May 31, 14:09

    Am i sickel cell patient and like to meet some like me

  6. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author June 03, 15:53

    Hey Kalu, come join us on the Sickle Cell Warriors Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/sicklecellwarriors. We are 4000+:)

  7. Toni
    Toni February 07, 19:12

    Would pickled beets be advantageous also?

  8. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author February 10, 02:17

    @Toni, I don’t believe so. Pickled beets have lost all the nutrients through and pickling process.

  9. Victoria Lamon
    Victoria Lamon February 14, 22:39

    Hi Sickle Cell Worrior

    Thank you so much for what you are doing. I have a daughter who has sickle cell, she is 13years old. I have tried so hard to tell her how much she needs water and the beets I make for her is good for her health but she does not listen now that she is boarding school its hard to keep an eye on her and as am being told she is not drinking much liquid, and I don’t know who to talk and advice her.

    maybe a word from you might help. she does read your site.

    thanks and God bless.

    Victoria

  10. Joyce
    Joyce April 07, 10:00

    Dear sickle cell warriors.i ve a kid sister who is sc.can i please know the food she should eat since we are in africa( ghana).am worried about her and wants to give all the care n attention.pls help me.

  11. ollie hodges
    ollie hodges April 12, 13:35

    thanks a lot and god bless you. You may have just saved my life thank you so much.

  12. sarat chandra deheri
    sarat chandra deheri June 27, 08:28

    Thanks a lot for all that information. Plz keep it up.

  13. Der
    Der July 30, 06:50

    I am askin whether it is possible for an Sc patient to be fat

  14. Candy Johnson
    Candy Johnson August 30, 13:46

    Hi i`am 24yrs old i have sickle cell i been though it my whole life with!!! I whould really love to meet people like me cause alot of people don’t understand my life r my pain find me on facebook n box me @jjuvanda1989@gmail.com i whould love to have new people to talk too !!!!

  15. Usman hassan
    Usman hassan September 29, 12:54

    Hi ihave sickcell ineed a good friend like me who have suffer with sickcell iwant to talk with him cont me on face book aliyu usman hassan

  16. Mike
    Mike February 07, 14:02

    Hello to all, This the first time I have come across your site and I was really shocked to see someone with the same last name as I have. I just started eating Beets and I searched for beet juice and found that it could be harmful if drinking too much, therefore I searched for sickle cell patents eating beets and came across your site. I have SS and my life was not bad until I turned 40. when I turned 40 my life went down hill fast, I went from working in law-enforcement and benching about 300 to 400 lbs., to being unemployed and no exercise at all because of PAH. Now after months of no exercise I am feeling better and try hard to eat right. I am impressed with what I read on your site and would really like to join and get to talk to other sickle cell patients on your site especially Bridget Reynolds. I Know at the age of 50 with sickle cell there is not many days left for me, but keep up the good work for the younger generation with sickle cell and so much to look forward to.

  17. Gee
    Gee February 21, 10:39

    I am an AS and my love one is SC can we still go ahead and marry?

  18. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author April 17, 21:24

    @Gee, if you marry, know that you have a 75% chance per pregnancy of having a child with either full blown sickle cell or sickle cell SC. Consider fertility options or prenatal testing if available in your area.

  19. mallia
    mallia June 03, 11:57

    .i`m wel pleased to know pple wid the same problem as i ,i wish u a happy long lyf and i love u all

  20. Leopoldina
    Leopoldina September 01, 10:31

    Thanks for the information,I now know am not the only one in this.love you all

  21. Tracy
    Tracy September 24, 13:14

    Your comment..thanks so much for the small enlightenment, I will try to eat more veggies, root and brown rice..though most of the fruits you mentioned are not found in Nigeria where I live for exam beets and so many others… please do you know of any equivalent African food I can take?

  22. jossy
    jossy November 23, 01:51

    The information you have provided is very educative. Thank you.

  23. Eben
    Eben January 12, 18:58

    Thanks for the information.

  24. Ty
    Ty February 06, 10:46

    I’m reading this your mail for the first time. My baby has sickle cell and we are on admission now. Someone just told me about even flo a multivitamin for sc patients. Have you heard of it and what do you think of it. Your tips on nutrition is amazing thanks.

  25. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author February 14, 01:10

    Ty, yes I’ve heard about Even Flo quite a bit. It can’t hurt to try it. I’d recommend at least taking it for months to see if it works for you. Also try to improve her diet and lifestyle. Make sure she is drinking lots of water and getting lots of rest. Thank you for the encouragement. This website is a labor of love and I’m glad you find it helpful.

  26. bummy
    bummy February 22, 09:32

    Good write up. I’m health worker as a profession.l just discovered a SC patient in my clinic today through Laboratory test. At least, l get some tips here for health education. Thank you and stay blessed

  27. v v
    v v March 16, 23:25

    Your comment..it was yesterday that i enter ur site i was feeling weak and my eyes was turning me i didn’t known what cause it , i do drink much water if u see me i didn’t look like one that has sickle cell

  28. Dodie
    Dodie April 05, 20:13

    Thank you for your information. I am a 46 year old woman with Sickle Cell (SC) and I am tired of the doctors not understanding this disease. I am fairly healthy but when I have a crisis it is hard to get the doctors to listen to me.

  29. Mercy Andrews
    Mercy Andrews April 08, 14:41

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  30. Yungprince
    Yungprince April 26, 14:35

    Hi, what’s beets in Yoruba, and where can I get it? Thanks

  31. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author August 01, 13:42

    @Yungprince, beetroot. Probably at shoprite

  32. Ikoona rogers
    Ikoona rogers November 11, 06:21

    Thanks very much all of the given adivase!

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