White blood cells main function is to protect the body against germs and infections. When these cells break down, they can leave the body susceptible to bone marrow infections and can weaken the immune system, eventually causing diseases such as cancer to develop. The average, healthy, white-blood count should be between 4,500 and 10,000 white blood cells. When the count falls below a healthy level, consider treating this low white blood cell count by maintaining a proper diet.
Eat foods that will increase white blood cells. These include vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, greens, beets, pumpkins and mushrooms, and fruits such as oranges and melons.
Incorporate fish oil into your diet; DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) contained in fish oil supplements prevent white blood cells from sticking to the blood vessel’s inner walls, decreasing the chances of inflammation diseases in the bones and in the muscles. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil help repair white blood cells and strengthen the immune system. Eating foods high in fish oil, and low in saturated fats like salmon, tuna, halibut, and dark, leafy greens, can strengthen white blood cells.
Lower saturated fat intake. The fat intake for individuals that need to replenish white blood cells should be 30 percent of the daily calorie intake, with only five to ten percent coming from saturated fats. The remaining fat intake should come from sources like canola oil, olive oil, nuts, avocados, and seeds.
Take a supplement high in folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc because they support white cell development, preventing cellular breakdown. Quality multivitamins or healthy juices can replenish damaged cells by providing added nutrition if an individual is deficient.
Consume healthy bacteria. Yogurt can keep the body safe from infections, especially those that attack the immune system and white cell production. Yogurt contains probiotics, or bacteria that stimulate immunity cells in the gastrointestinal tract. These probiotics in turn, may help stimulate white cell production.
Drink at least two cups of green tea a day to replenish white cells. Green tea is abundant in antioxidants, which is a key ingredient in maintaining healthy white blood cells. Green tea can protect against experimentally induced DNA damage which can reduce the progression of harmful cell colonies. Decaffeinated green tea provides the cells immunoprotection, particularly when cancer patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.