Medically reviewed by Dr. Unsa Mohsin.
Viral fever, cough, and viruses are in the air, and so is dengue. The monsoon season usually gives rise to various diseases and dengue is one of them. Dengue in Pakistan has been a severe health threat that requires immediate medical attention. If treatment is delayed, Dengue can get severe and prove to be fatal.
In this blog let’s read up on some of the foods to increase platelet count as in dengue it’s the platelet count that goes down real fast.
Foods to increase platelet count
Vitamins and minerals help in promoting higher platelet count. Folate rich foods as folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. Foods that contain folate are listed below:
- Leafy vegetables such as brussels sprouts and spinach
- Beef liver
- Dairy alternatives
- Breakfast cereals
Vitamin B12 rich foods
It is known that Vitamin B12 is necessary for the formation of red blood cells. Low levels of vitamin B12 contribute to low platelet count.
- Fish such as salmon, tuna
- Almond milk
Vitamin C-rich foods
Not only does Vitamin C play a vital role in immune function, it also helps the platelets function. Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables such as:
- Brussels sprouts
- Citrus fruits (Oranges and grapefruit)
- Kiwi fruit
Vitamin D-rich foods
Vitamin D plays an essential role in the function of the bone marrow cells that helps produce platelets and various other blood cells.
- Egg yolk
- Fish liver oil
- Fortified orange juice
- UV-exposed mushrooms