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.
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.
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!