Are Oranges Good for Anemia? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Oranges are good for anemia. Because they have vitamin C and folate and they can increase iron absorption and red blood cell production.

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 irregular heartbeat.

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 leafy green vegetables and avoid foods that inhibit iron absorption like tea, coffee, dairy products, and foods high in calcium and phytates.

Now, oranges are citrus fruits that are juicy and sweet.

People usually eat them fresh or drink their juice.

Oranges are good for anemia because they contain vitamin C and folate.

Vitamin C helps your body absorb non-heme iron from plant sources, while folate is essential for the production of red blood cells.

One medium orange (140 grams) can give you 92% of your daily vitamin C needs and 9% of your daily folate needs.

Vitamin C can enhance the absorption of non-heme iron by reducing it to a more bioavailable form.

Folate can prevent or treat megaloblastic anemia, a type of anemia caused by folate deficiency that results in large and immature red blood cells.

Furthermore, oranges are a low-calorie and high-fiber food and fiber is good for anemia.

Because, fiber can help prevent or relieve constipation, which is a common side effect of iron supplements.

You can eat one or two oranges per day safely.

More than that can cause stomach upset, diarrhea, or kidney stones.

Also, you shouldn’t eat oranges if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or citrus allergy to prevent heartburn or allergic reactions.

Because, oranges are acidic and can irritate your esophagus or trigger your immune system.

You can buy fresh oranges in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose oranges that are firm, heavy, and bright in color.

Because, these indicate freshness, juiciness, and ripeness.

You can store them at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for up to two 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 iron levels, hemoglobin levels, and 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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