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Anemia

Also indexed as:Low Hematocrit, Low Hemoglobin, Low Red Blood Cell Count, Genetic Thiamine-Responsive Anemia, Genetic Vitamin B6-Responsive Anemia, Hemolytic Anemia, Sideroblastic Anemia
Boost your red blood cell count to a normal level by replenishing what your body may be missing. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Vitamin A
10,000 to 25,000 IU daily3 stars[3 stars]
Vitamin A deficiency can contribute to anemia, supplementing with this vitamin may restore levels and improve symptoms.
Vitamin B12

(Vitamin B12 Deficiency)
600 to 1,000 mcg daily3 stars[3 stars]
Taking vitamin B12 may help prevent and treat anemia. Deficiencies of iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid are the most common nutritional causes of anemia.
Vitamin B2
5 to 30 mg daily in divided doses3 stars[3 stars]
Vitamin B2 deficiency can contribute to anemia, supplementing with this vitamin may restore levels and improve symptoms.
Vitamin B6
2.5 to 25 mg daily for three weeks, then 1.5 to 2.5 mg per day as maintenance therapy3 stars[3 stars]
Vitamin B6 deficiency can contribute to anemia, supplementing with this vitamin may restore levels and improve symptoms.
Vitamin B6

(Genetic Vitamin B6-Responsive Anemia)
50 to 200 mg per day3 stars[3 stars]
Taking vitamin B6 may partially correct sideroblastic anemia, although they must be taken for life.
Vitamin E
60 to 75 IU per day3 stars[3 stars]
Supplementing with vitamin E may improve anemia in cases of vitamin E deficiency.
Vitamin E Oral
800 IU daily3 stars[3 stars]
Studies have reported that large amounts of vitamin E improve hemolytic anemia caused by a genetic deficiency of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD).
Copper
If deficient: 2 to 3 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Copper deficiency can contribute to anemia, supplementing with this mineral may restore levels and improve symptoms.
Vitamin B1

(Genetic Thiamine-Responsive Anemia)
10 to 20 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Rare genetic disorders can cause anemias that may improve with large amounts of supplements such as vitamin B1.
Vitamin E Oral

(Kidney Dialysis)
800 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Studies have reported that large amounts of vitamin E improve anemia caused by kidney dialysis.
Acai
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Acai, which contains small amounts of iron, has been traditionally used to help treat anemia.

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