7 Foods SC Patients Need

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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.

55 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

    • 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 !!!!

  4. 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.

    • @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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

    • 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

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  11. Hi.I have two kids with sickle cells and they have different signs one it affects her on her back she can’t sleep,sit or stand and the other one the whole body swells and the eyes turns green.pliz I need ur help on what to do and to avoid from them

  12. I am 57 years old just found out that I have SCT, for the last 20 years I very been told that I have gout now I wonder if the pain that I get in my shoulder and both ankles are because of this trait

  13. Never knew there was a diet for sickle cells. Just decided to check if there is. Now I know why am always feeling sick (I haven’t been eating right at all).

    Thank you Tosin

  14. This is an amazing site. I am a 43 year old sickler and my health declined so rapidly after 40. I have not been able to exercise due to excessive tiredness and insomnia. Water consumption has never been a problem, but now I am having heart trouble and am 50 pounds overweight.
    I want to excercise but I am afraid of the pain that may come from a crisis. Does anyone have any advice?

    The article was amazing and the only thing on the list that I don’t eat is beets! I eat lots of citrus as vitamin C helps with blood oxygenation.

  15. My husband was AS & I was SC, we had a child that was SC, he is now 20. We weren’t educated on genetics, but it is a 50/50 chance of your child having SS or other. I was stressful when he was young, but after reading the western way of health, instead of the european way, this has helped his condition a lot. I chose not to have more children, due to this. Hope this helps

  16. Hi confidence, the best thing to do is be there for your friend. However, you can make sure he or she is drinking lots of fluids, small amounts but consistently. And make sure he or she has sufficient pain medication, but if the pain can’t be controlled at home, go to the hospital where more robust management can be delivered. You also need to make sure their environment is not too hot or too cold. Look out for any sudden changes, like complaints that they are seeing floaters in the eyes because that could be a sign of an occlusion, or chest pain which could be leading to a serious chest crisis, etc.

  17. @sicklecell warrior
    I’m 32 years of age. I have the full blown sickle cell disease and been having heart problems. Mainly a rapid heart rate, that scares the shhh outta me. Normally I try to do some home remedies but of course they don’t work. I’ve been hurting myself lately by not exercising, but I do drink water and eat good, not great, but good lol.

  18. I have found my peace now, but I did not take it serious when I heard that I’m a SC carrier. Later I started feeling more pains in my body and I started remembering the symptoms in the past. I am happy that my future is secured. Thanks very much.

  19. I am pleased to read this. Kindly Add me to your page so I can have much information to take care of my little niece with sc.
    God bless you.

  20. Thank you for this family, I have a 1 and half year old child who is a sickler. I give him a combination of beet, apple,carrot, mango, ors, and other fruits, together with his pen-v, folic, and anti malarials. I also dress him up heavily when it’s cold.
    Members I also pray and cry to God everyday telling Him to help give me His grace and mercy to carry on.

  21. Thanks for this info. I have a girl of 10 yrs who is SC, always with yellow eyes and always tired. What are the drugs that can help her? Thanks.

  22. 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 .

  23. 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?

  24. 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.

  25. I am a 13 year old boy and am always getting blood transfusions about every two weeks. What can I take to avoid drugs or what foods are best?

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