A low red blood cell court may leave you tied, cold, cantankerous...,and even anemic. While there may be a number of causes for a decrease in red blood cell production, an in inadequate intake of certain nutrients may be one of them. Supplements that may help increase your red blood cell count include Iron, Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid.


Without Iron, your body can't create red blood cells. Women of childbearing age, teenage girls and children, may not get enough of the blood-building nutrients in their diet. Children need 7 to 10 mg of iron a day, teenage girls need 15 mg and women in childbearing years, should have around 18 mg daily.


Like iron, vitamin B-12 is essential for the production of red blood cells.

Adults need 2.4 mg of vitamin B-12 a day. Ideally, you should consume liquid vitamin B-12 for good bioavailability; meaning B-12 is being absorbed into your system. If a lack of vitamin B-12 is causing your low red blood cell production, consider taking liquid Vitamin B-12 to increase your red blood cell count


Unlike Iron and vitamin B12, folic acid isn’t directly involved in red blood cell production, but it plays a role in cell division, which can affect the red blood cell count. Adults need 400 to 600 mg of folic acid a day. To improve absorption, take your folic acid supplement in a liquid form. Women may need 400 mg of folic acid per day during their childbearing years.

Experts recommend all women of childbearing age and all women who are pregnant take vitamin supplements. See your healthcare provider to discuss vitamin supplements to help you increase production of red blood cells.

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