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Foods that may increase platelet count

12/11/2007

Question:

Are there any foods that can increase platelet count?

Answer:

Thank you for your question. Platelets are found in the blood and produced in the bone marrow. They are responsible for blood coagulation. A decrease in the number of platelets is known as thrombocytopenia. To my knowledge, there isn't any research suggesting certain foods increase the platelet count, however there is some evidence to suggest food and drink additives, like quinine, could lower the 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

Barbara Lattin, MS, RD, LD
Research Associate
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati