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Healthy Foods for Increased Bone Marrow Production

written by: Sylvie Colette • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 12/17/2010

Healthy foods for bone marrow production include foods high in iron, dark leafy greens and some fruits and vegetables. Supporting your bone marrow can in turn improve your overall health.

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    What is Bone Marrow?

    Bone marrow is the special, fatty tissue that houses stem cells within large bones. These stem cells can transform themselves into white and red blood cells as well as platelets which are essential for circulation. This is the only way our blood gets replaced to keep bodies healthy.

    Healthy foods for bone marrow production basically include any food that is high in nutrients. Iron-rich foods are especially potent and beneficial for the blood.

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    Vegetables for Healthy Bone Marrow Production

    Vegetables, especially dark leafy green vegetables, provide support for your bone marrow through their high concentration of vitamins and minerals including vitamin K and calcium. These are specifically healthy foods for bone marrow since they help with the the body's efforts to produce platelets and supports your bones.

    Spinach- Good source of iron, niacin and zinc. Also a source of protein and dietary fiber. Low in saturated fat and cholesterol. High in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.

    Collard greens - Collards are good sources of vitamin C and soluble fiber. They also contain multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties.

    Dandelion - Dandelions offer a high amount of nutrients including vitamins A, C and K, and are good sources of calcium, potassium and as much iron and manganese as spinach.

    Asparagus - Low in calories, high in vitamin C and a great source of folate and potassium. Six spears contain more than half the adult daily RDI of folate. Potassium helps reduce the loss of calcium from the body.

    Broccoli - Good source of protein, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium. It is also full of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, potassium and manganese.

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    Superfood for Healthy Bone Marrow

    Wheatgrass - This superfood is a healthy food for bone marrow, offering significant support. It includes vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino-acids, and large amounts of chlorophyll. The fact that wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll is the biggest factor in how it can support bone marrow production.The make-up of chlorophyll is much the same as the hemoglobin produced in the body. The hemoglobin enables the blood to carry oxygen to different parts of the body which helps to rebuild the blood. Chlorophyll also detoxes the blood, cleanses the liver, cells and tissues of the body.

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    Fruits for Healthy Bone Marrow

    More healthy foods for bone marrow production include;

    Raisins - These dried sweet fruits are fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, and supply the body with a good source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, iron, potassium, and calcium.

    Prunes - Prunes provide fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and copper. The beta-carotene they provide reduces inflammation in the body.

    Apricots - Apricots contain dietary fiber and beta-carotene, as well as vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, silicon, and potassium. Lycopene is an especially powerful antioxidant also found in apricots.

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    Foods to Avoid

    When providing your body with nutrient rich foods, it is also important to stay away from foods that will rob the body of nutrients.

    Avoid;

    • Canned foods full of sugar and sodium.
    • Chemically treated foods - the additives can actually decrease your platelet count and hamper future production, according to the PDSA.
    • Coffee
    • Alcohol
    • Sugar