Are Eggs Good for Anemia? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Eggs are good for anemia. Because they have iron, vitamin B12, folate, and protein, and they can increase your red blood cell production and prevent muscle loss.

Anemia is a condition that affects your blood.

In anemia, your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin to carry oxygen to your tissues.

This can lead to various health problems, such as fatigue, weakness, pale skin, cold hands and feet, dizziness, reduced immunity, shortness of breath, and heart problems.

One of the key factors in managing anemia is diet.

What you consume can affect your iron levels, which can impact your anemia symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage anemia, you should consume iron-rich foods like meat, poultry, seafood, beans, and green leafy vegetables and avoid iron-poor foods like tea, coffee, chocolate, and dairy products.

Now, eggs are a type of animal food that are high in protein and contain some iron, vitamin B12, and folate.

People usually eat eggs boiled, scrambled, fried, or baked.

Eggs are good for anemia because they contain heme iron, which is well absorbed by the body, and vitamin B12 and folate, which are essential for the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin.

However, eggs are not good for all types of anemia.

For instance, people with pernicious anemia, a condition caused by the inability to absorb vitamin B12, may not benefit from eating eggs and may need vitamin B12 injections instead.

One large egg can give you about 0.6 mg of iron (3% of your daily needs), 0.6 mcg of vitamin B12 (11% of your daily needs), and 23.5 mcg of folate (6% of your daily needs).

Iron can help increase your hemoglobin and red blood cell levels and prevent iron deficiency anemia.

Vitamin B12 and folate can help prevent megaloblastic anemia, a condition in which the red blood cells are abnormally large and immature.

Furthermore, eggs are a source of high-quality protein and protein is good for anemia.

Because, protein can help maintain your muscle mass and strength, which may be compromised by anemia.

You can eat up to two eggs per day safely.

More than that can cause excess cholesterol intake, which may increase your risk of heart disease.

Also, you shouldn’t eat raw or undercooked eggs if you have anemia to prevent salmonella infection.

Because, salmonella can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration, which can worsen your anemia.

You can buy fresh eggs in your local market or can order them from online

Always choose eggs that are clean, uncracked, and have a USDA grade shield.

Because, these eggs are inspected for quality and safety.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing anemia effectively.

I always recommend my anemia patients to follow an anemia-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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