Red Blood Cell health is important for all of us but is critical for people who are suffering from anemia or chronic conditions like Sickle Cell Disease. For the past few months, I have been working with a very interesting company – Xickle. Some of my fantastic clients are how I keep my hand in healthcare after spending the first 20 years of my career in it. I am particularly interested in companies that promote wellness and Xickle RBC-Plus™ is one of those companies.
Xickle RBC-Plus™ contains clove, pepper and sorghum and is a new and improved system to protect the function of your red blood cells by guarding their structural integrity from shape distortion, damage or destruction from certain conditions including low blood oxygen (hypoxic conditions) that can happen, particularly during vigorous exercise. Problems with your red blood cells can be caused from poor diet, certain infectious diseases or even diseases or conditions that are inherited.
Why is Red Blood Cell Health Important?
Red blood cells have the job of carrying oxygen from your lungs to tissues throughout your body and also transporting carbon dioxide to your lungs to be exhaled. On average, red blood cells live about four months which means that your body is constantly working to create new ones to replace those that are dying. Red blood cells get their bright red color from an iron-rich protein known as hemoglobin.
People who have anemic conditions in particular need to include these foods, vitamins and minerals in a daily diet. The vitamins and minerals that our bodies need for good red blood cell health are Iron, Folate and Folic Acid, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin A.
Iron helps create hemoglobin which is vital to red blood cell health and oxygenating our cells. Iron-rich foods include red meat, organ meat (like liver and kidneys), legumes, dark green leafy vegetables (like spinach and kale), whole grains, raisins, seeds, egg yolks.
Folate is very important for immune system integrity and overall body cell health. Foods that naturally have Folate are long-grain rice, turkey and chicken giblets, legumes, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, lettuce and other dark leafy greens. Folic Acid is the synthetic form of Folate and is used to fortify cereals, flours and macaroni products.
Vitamin B-6 supports red blood cell metabolism. Eat plenty of fish, long-grain rice, turkey, chicken, potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, whole grains, legumes and nuts for more Vitamin B-6 in your diet.
Vitamin B-12 helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and contributes to the creation of DNA. It is found in all animal protein but may need to be taken as a supplement due to malabsorption issues.
Vitamin A helps stem cells in bone marrow develop into red blood cells and keeps the replacement level stable. It also supports the new red blood cells for access to the iron needed for hemoglobin production. Foods that are rich in Vitamin A are liver, paprika, cayenne, chili powder, sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, dried apricots and cantaloupe.
Truly, all of us can benefit by incorporating more of these Super Foods into our diets. Eating good health is great prevention and support for those suffering from particular conditions.
Do you know someone that could benefit by improving their Red Blood Cell Health? People with conditions like anemia and Sickle Cell Disease are at particular risk. After reading the research by Xickle and working with them for a few months, I am passionate about spreading the word! Will you help me?
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**Please note that while I work with Xickle, the opinions in this post are mine personally.