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How to Boost Platelets Naturally

By Juliet Wilkinson ; Updated July 18, 2017

Platelets are the sticky little soldiers of the blood stream. First to arrive at any cut, scrape or bruise, these lifesaving red blood cells stick together and form a blood clot that stops a razor nick from turning into a hemorrhage. The platelets are created in the bone marrow; any disease, food or drug that impacts bone marrow can impact platelet production. A platelet count less than 150,000 per microliter of blood may require medical intervention to allay serious hemorrhage and detect the underlying issues.

Take a dairy challenge. Milk has been shown to hamper platelet count in those with unknown allergies to dairy, according to a January 2010 article in the "European Journal of Hematology." Withhold all dairy including yogurt, cheese and butter, and then have the platelet count retested.

Eat whole, organic and fresh foods. Fruits and vegetables are packed with micronutrients that help the body make fresh cells, including those of the blood like platelets. Avoid canned and processed foods that can have the opposite effect and do not offer as many nutrients.

Limit alcohol and tonic intake. Alcohol reduces platelet count at the source by hampering production in the bone marrow. Tonic water contains quinine, a substance that also decreased blood platelet counts.

Consider the supplement cabinet carefully. Many homeopathic and herbal remedies are known to decrease or interfere with platelet production. Just because a product is labeled as "all natural" does not mean it cannot harm you. If you are taking any of these types of products, discuss them with your doctor.

Drink plenty of fresh, room-temperature water. Cold water will slow down the digestive track, which can impact nutrient absorption. Blood cells are composed of water and protein -- drink more to make more.

Tip

Easy bruising, nosebleeds and spider-like rashes can be indicative of a low platelet count.

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