I remember over 15 years ago how our neighbor lost two of his grown up daughters to the cold hands of this disease.
I wish I know about this information I am sharing now maybe it would have saved their lives.
I remember their names very well Aunty Lara and Sister Tosin.
If I can recall very well the crisis that is associated with this serious health challenge comes at a time in their lives may be a particular month that the pains will be so unbearable.
God bless their souls
Read below more about this condition and the nutritional therapy that helps with it:
INTRODUCTION AND RISK FACTORS:
Sickle cell disease also known as sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease caused by a defective amino acid in the hemoglobin molecule of red blood cells. As a result, red blood cells take on an abnormal “sickle” shape and can clog small arteries, resulting in several pain and tissue damage.
For this reason, all newborn babies should be screened for the disease at birth.
- Pain in the hands and feet
- Shortness of breath/fatigue
- Discoloration of the skin and the eyes
- Delayed growth or delayed puberty
- Approximately one in 12 African carries a sickle cell gene.
The person suffering from sickle cell anemia disease can take foods that help to improve circulation and red blood cell production like Green leafy vegetables which are high in folic acid in form of folate.
Supplementation with folic acid in doses of 1 miligram daily is important, this aids in improving appetite, cell production, growth and red blood cell formation.
If you must eat rice regularly, then switch to brown rice. This is one of the most energetically balance food that strengthens the lungs and spleen
Garlic is a great immune system builder. It relieves cramps and helps to expel cold dampness from your body by increasing your inner body temperature.
Diets high in meats and fatty foods tend to make sickle cell patients go into crises more. Try to eliminate meat from your diet completely, instead, bulk up veggie like cabbage, mustard greens, onions, also eat kidney beans, lentils, sorghum, millet and you have yourself a balance diet.
Root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams are known to inhibit sickling and help to increase red blood cell production.
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR SICKLE CELL ANAEMIA:
ALOE GEL JUICE:
This supplies the body with over 200 nutritional compounds and it also helps to cleanse the entire blood system off toxins
FOLIC B12 PLUS:
This helps with blood synthesis and repairs of damaged tissues
This helps with liver detoxification,nourishment and adequate blood supply and flow.