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What foods stimulate white blood cell production?

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No particular foods have been shown to boost white blood cell production; consuming quality protein provides the amino acids that are necessary to construct those cells. People with low white blood cell count should practice solid hygiene and food safety habits, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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The bone marrow is the site of white blood cell production, and so diseases that affect the bone marrow and radiation treatment on the bones can hinder blood cell production, leading to low counts. People who have a low white blood cell count may also have a low absolute neutrophil count. Neutrophils combat bacterial infection, and when their count falls below 1500, a person has a greater vulnerability to infections, as stated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In order to maximize nutritional benefits of diet, it is wise to talk to a dietitian to put together a personalized nutrition plan, no matter what the cause of low white blood cell count might be. People whose count is low during cancer treatments may benefit from mineral and vitamin supplementation, particularly to boost folate and vitamin B12 counts. These two vitamins are necessary to create white blood cells. Because of the interactions between supplements and chemotherapy, though, it is important to talk to the doctor before beginning a supplement regimen, reports the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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