Three Folk Medicine Foods for Pernicious Anemia…

Anemia is usually a term used when explaining iron deficiency – but there is another type of anemia that some may be unfamiliar with: Pernicious anemia.

Pernicious anemia is caused a vitamin B-12 deficiency and it occurs when the blood cells grow to a larger than normal size and doesn’t divide to make new blood cells, which causes the body to not function properly.

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Blood cells carry oxygen through the body and when a person suffers from pernicious anemia they can experience dizziness, muscular weakness and shortness of breath.

People with pernicious anemia usually take B-12 supplements to correct their B-12 deficiency, however, adequate amounts of B-12 can be found naturally through many foods used for folk medicine.

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Three types of folk medicine foods to help combat pernicious anemia include:

  • Leafy Vegetables, ex: collard greens and spinach (are also rich in folate).

  • Fish, especially tuna, which contains over 42% of the recommended daily allowance of B-12.

  • Poultry, specifically chicken and turkey.

If you think you are running low on Vitamin B-12, try the above foods and you will physically and mentally feel (for the better) the difference!