Suffering from low platelet count? Eat these 8 dishes to boost its production

Chicken liver with paprika, leek and spinach. Photo: iStock/karamba70

Platelets are essential for blood clotting and wound healing, and a deficiency can lead to increased bleeding and bruising. Thrombocytopenia is a medical condition characterized by an abnormally low number of platelets (thrombocytes) in the blood. Certain viral infections, such as dengue fever, Zika virus, and HIV/AIDS, can cause thrombocytopenia by directly affecting platelet production or inducing immune-mediated destruction. Some medications, including certain antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, chemotherapy drugs, and anticoagulants, can lead to a drop in platelet count as a side effect.

The fever season is here and several cases of viral infections, including dengue fever, are being reported in Kerala every day. When dealing with a low platelet count during dengue fever, it's important to focus on foods that can help support platelet production and overall recovery. Here are some dietary recommendations:

Dishes to increase platelet count
Papaya leaf juice - Blended fresh papaya leaves strained to create a juice, known for its properties to boost platelet production.

Kiwi smoothie - Blended kiwi, which is high in vitamins C and E, aiding in the production of platelets.

Chicken liver and spinach sauté - Chicken liver is a potent source of heme iron, crucial for red blood cell production, including platelets, aiding in maintaining healthy platelet levels. Spinach is abundant in vitamin K, pivotal for blood clotting, contributing to platelet aggregation and optimal platelet function.

Ripe papaya on raw leaves. Photo: iStock/Bowonpat Sakaew

Moringa leaf soup: Made from moringa leaves, which are known for their high nutrient content, supporting overall blood health.

Sesame seed bars - Combining sesame seeds with honey or jaggery, providing necessary nutrients like iron and calcium.

Pomegranate juice - Freshly squeezed pomegranate, rich in antioxidants and vitamins, which can help increase platelet count.

Sesame seed bar. Photo: iStock/ruslan117

Bitter gourd stir-fry: Bitter gourd sautéed with spices, which can help in increasing platelet count naturally.

Beetroot salad - Raw or cooked beetroot mixed with greens, known for boosting platelet levels due to its high antioxidant content.

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