How to Increase Hemoglobin?
Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that functions as transportation of food, oxygen and nutrients in the body. Hemoglobin (Hb) level which is a requirement for blood donation is 12.5 g/dL - 17g/dL.
If our hemoglobin level is low, we can consume foods rich in iron such as green vegetables and red meat. If our hemoglobin level is high, we can maintain our diet by reducing our consumption of red meat, and drinking enough mineral water.
To increase our Hb, we should eat healthy foods, such as:
- Red meat: beef, chicken, goat, liver
- Vegetables: spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, sweet potatoes
- Fruit: raisins, apples, grapes, melons, oranges, limes, prunes
- Grains: almonds, sesame, oats, wheat
Therefore, it is very important for donors to drink enough mineral water before giving blood, which is about 2 cups. Donors are also strongly advised to drink enough mineral water after giving blood so that body fluids remain sufficient after blood donation.