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What can you eat to increase platelet count?

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Foods that increase platelet count include whole foods, healthy fats, organic foods and leafy greens, the Platelet Disorder Support Association says. Reducing the amount of meat, sugar and dairy products is also helpful, as is drinking filtered or bottled warm water.

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Scientific evidence from PDSA surveys have shown beneficial effects on platelet counts for some types of diet, including macrobiotic diets, gluten-free diets and calorie-restricted diets, the PDSA reports.

Macrobiotic diets focus on the energy of the food and its method of preparation; it divides food choices into expansive and contractive. A total of 40 percent of participants in one PDSA study reported feeling that a macrobiotic diet raised their platelet count and alleviated bleeding symptoms of platelet-related disease.

A gluten-free diet has shown to be helpful for gut health, which may lower the likelihood of developing an autoimmune disease that can reduce platelet count, states PDSA. Calorie-restricted diets have been shown to increase platelet count in mice under controlled conditions and to improve many health indicators in humans, such as contributing to bone-marrow fibrosis prevention and reducing inflammation.

Some foods contribute to a lower platelet count, and these should be limited or eliminated if an individual has the goal of raising his platelet count, the PDSA states. These foods include fruit and fruit juice, refined sugar, honey and fructose. Dairy products in general, including milk, yogurt and cheese, may worsen autoimmune diseases, further lowering platelet count.

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