The Platelet Disorder Support Association notes that leafy greens such as kale, collard greens and seaweed increase platelet count, according to Kim Zupnik for Nutrition Warriors. These foods contain calcium, minerals and vitamin K, which are nutrients beneficial to platelet health.Continue Reading
Individuals wishing to increase platelet count should eat a wide variety of fresh, whole foods, says Zupnik. These foods include whole-grain cereals, brown rice and whole-wheat products, rather than white flour and highly processed grains. Eat organic foods that have not been treated with chemical fertilizers or insecticide and consume healthy fats in the form of cold-pressed canola and olive oils. Drink plenty of pure, filtered or bottled water at room temperature or above for increased platelet count.
Foods to avoid when trying to increase platelet counts include sugar, dairy, alcohol and excess meat, reports Zupnik. Protein sources recommended by the Platelet Disorder Support Association include lean, white fish; whole grains; beans; and nuts. Many foods thought of as healthy should be avoided by individuals working to increase platelets. These include blueberries, dark grapes, garlic, onions, ginger, ginseng and tomatoes; they can interfere with blood clotting. Quinine, a substance found in tonic water, should be avoided as well because it can lower platelet counts.Learn more about Nutrition & Diets
Foods that start with the letter "c" include cashew, cranberry, coconut, cilantro, chervil, cherry, cheese, chestnuts, chicken, cabbage, cake, calf liver, calf brains, cantaloupe, chub, chorizo, collard greens, clementine, clotted cream, cloves, citron, citrus, croissant, cucumber, cumin, curly endive, curly kale and currant. Other foods that start with "c" are carrots, cauliflower, catfish, celery, chayote, cod, cockles, corn, corn salad, cream, cream cheese, chili pepper, cinnamon and clam.Full Answer >
Produce high in calcium includes broccoli, collard greens, figs, kale and soybeans. Seafood, notably sardines, salmon and shrimp also offer a substantial amount of calcium, while ricotta cheese, yogurt and milk top the list of calcium-rich dairy products. Many foods, including almond milk, orange juice, tofu, waffles and oatmeal are fortified with calcium as well.Full Answer >
Most foods contain some levels of potassium, but high content of potassium can be found in vegetables and fresh fruits, including oranges, potatoes, orange juice and leafy green vegetables, such as kale, spinach and collard. A person may be advised not to eat this types of foods when he or she has elevated levels of potassium, known as hyperkalemia.Full Answer >
Some foods that have low calcium values are legumes, mustard greens, concentrated orange juice, grains, raw kiwi, dried sunflower seeds, bok choy, brine-packed corn, kale and collard greens. One-half cup of cooked legumes has between 15 to 50 milligrams of calcium, while one cup of raw kiwi has 50 milligrams. One cup of orange juice made from concentrate contains 20 milligrams of calcium.Full Answer >