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What foods can help to increase platelets?

10/16/2006

Question:

Can certain foods increase the amount of platelets a person has in the absence of illness? If So Which do you suggest?

Answer:

Thanks for your question.  Platelets are disk-shaped structures found in the blood of all mammals and are responsible for blood coagulation (a fancy word for clotting).  A decrease in the number of platelets is known as thrombocytopenia.  To my knowledge, there are not dietary factors that affect platelet count.  I suggest you check with your doctor to see why your platelet count could be low.  It may be caused by a medication or an underlying illness that you are unaware of.

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Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, MEd, RD, LD Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, MEd, RD, LD
Adjunct Faculty
University of Cincinnati