Here’s what you can add to your diet to maximise self-defence
Platelets are some of the smallest cells in the bloodstream that protect the body from excessive loss of blood, in case of an injury. These cells look like plates in their non-active state. In the case of a wound, these cells travel to the site of injury and bind the damaged blood vessels, thereby forming a blood clot. In its active state, the platelets develop tentacles like a spider.
There are various reasons why one’s platelet count may be low. It can be caused by viral infections, vitamin deficiencies and aplastic anaemia or even a drug-induced state as in the case of chemotherapy.
Now, that you know how important platelets are, you certainly don’t want your count to be low, at any time. Here are a few food options that you can incorporate into your routine to improve your platelet count:
Papaya leaf juice/extract:
It has the ability to increase platelet production, which takes place in the bone marrow. Papaya leaf extract has been shown to increase arachidonate 12-lipoxygenase in the body and this particular enzyme promotes platelet production with an increased number and differentiation of megakaryocytes.
You could wash the leaves, take out the centre vein and crush the leaves in a grinder, add a little bit of water and consume every six hours daily. Half cup, thrice a day, is advised.