Anemia: Nutrients and Herbs

Nutrients

Table showing nutrients and vitamin.

SUPPLEMENT SUGGESTED DOSAGE COMMENTS
Iron As prescribed by physician. Take with 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. To restore iron. Use a ferrous gluconate form.
Caution: Do not take iron unless anemia is diagnosed.
or Floradix Iron + Herbs from Salus Haus 2 tsp twice daily Contains a readily absorbable form of iron that is nontoxic and from a natural source.
Ram liver extract 500 mg twice daily. Contains all the elements needed for red blood cell production. Use liver from organically raised beef. Consider injections (under a doctor’s supervision).
Blackstrap molasses 1 tbsp twice daily for adults; 1 tsp added to milk for children and infants. Contains iron and essential B vitamins.
Folic acid 800 mcg twice daily. Needed for red blood cell formation.
plus biotin 300 mcg twice daily.
Vitamin B12 injections 2cc once weekly or as prescribed by physician. Essential in red blood cell production and to break down and prepare protein for cellular use. Injections (under a doctor’s supervision) are best. If injections are not available, use a lozenge or sublingual form for best absorption.

or vitamin B12

2,000 mcg 3 times daily.
Vitamin B complex 50 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). B vitamins work best when taken together. A sublingual form is recommended.
plus extra pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 50 mg 3 times daily. Important in red blood cell production. Involved in cellular reproduction.
and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 100 mg daily. Aids absorption of vitamin B12.
Vitamin C plus bioflavonoids 3,000-10,000 mg daily. Important in iron absorption.
Brewer’s yeast As directed on label. Rich in basic nutrients and a good source of B vitamins.
Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label. Supports the immune system’s detoxification of many dangerous substances.
Copper 2 mg daily. Needed in red blood cell production.
and zinc 30 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. Note: If more zinc is used, increase copper proportionately. Needed to balance with copper.
Raw spleen glandular As directed on label.
S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) As directed on label. Helps reduce stress and depression.
Caution: Do not use if you have bipolar mood disorder or take prescription antidepressants. Do not give to a child under twelve.
Vitamin A 10,000 IU daily. Important antioxidants.
plus natural beta-carotene 15,000 IU daily.
or carotenoid complex (Betatene) As directed on label.
Vitamin E 200 IU daily. Take separately from iron supplements. Important for red blood cell survival; prolongs the life span of these cells. Use an emulsion form for easier assimilation. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.

 

Herbs

❑ Alfalfa, bilberry, cherry, dandelion, goldenseal, grape skins, hawthorn berry, mullein, nettle, Oregon grape root, pau d’arco, red raspberry, shepherd’s purse, and yellow dock are good for anemia.
Cautions: Do not take goldenseal or Oregon grape root during pregnancy. Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time. Do not use it during pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctor’s supervision.
❑ Herbalists consider nettle (Urtica dioica), a nutritious plant rich in iron, vitamin C, chlorophyll, and other minerals, an effective supplement in the treatment of irondeficiency anemia.