According to a report, more than half Indian women and about 3/4th Indian children suffer from Anaemia. What is startling in the data available is not how widespread the disease is but that it has nothing to do with one’s socio-economic status and is found across all sections of the society. Advanced countries such as the US also have a high percentage of anaemic population.
What is Anaemia?
Anaemia is a lack of hemoglobin in your blood. Hemoglobin carries oxygen to all parts of the body and is vital for healthy functioning. The following three are the leading causes of Anaemia-
Loss of blood: Chronic loss of blood due to internal or external injury and bleeding, childbirth, certain illnesses, menstruation, etc. leads to Anaemia
Increased demand for iron: The body requires more iron during pregnancy, growth spurts in childhood and adolescence.
Decreased production of hemoglobin/RBCs: This occurs in conditions such as after an operation, bone marrow and stem cell problems, diarrhea or thalassemia
Anaemia causes fatigue and tiredness, retarded growth in children amongst other issues.
How can pomegranates help?
Pomegranate is rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and protein. Although there are many other fruits with higher iron content, pomegranate is highly recommended for Anaemia. This is because pomegranate is rich in vitamin C.
Our bodies generally absorb only 3% of the iron consumed. This is because our gut does not readily absorb iron. The high content of vitamin C in pomegranate helps our bodies to absorb the iron present in the fruit as vitamin C is integral to iron metabolism. Regular consumption of pomegranate helps to increase hemoglobin levels and fights Anaemia.
Avoiding certain foods along with pomegranate is recommended. Chocolates, spinach, tea, coffee, and alcohol have compounds in them that inhibit the absorption of iron. Keep at least a 30-minute gap between these foods and pomegranate consumption for maximal iron absorption.
A small bowl or around 100 gms of this tangy-sweet fruit every day helps to fight the iron deficiency by maximizing iron absorption.