Thrombocytopenia: what to eat and how to increase platelets in the blood

By thrombocytopenia is meant the condition in which there is too low a quantity of platelets in the blood, fundamental components for coagulation. In some cases it is possible to solve (or at least alleviate) the problem simply by changing one’s diet and lifestyle.

If you notice the appearance of bruises on the body and do not have a precise idea of ​​why they came out, it is very likely that this unusual situation is due to too low platelet levels (below 150 thousand units) . Platelets are cells found in the blood whose main function is to stop bleeding by clotting when any wound occurs.

Even if you suffer from severe bleeding that does not stop quickly, the condition may be due to thrombocytopenia or low platelet count. Other symptoms it can cause are tiredness, heavy menstruation as well as bleeding gums and nose.

At the root of this problem there can be different causes. The bone marrow may produce a low amount of platelets for several reasons:

  • lack of folic acid
  • vitamin B12 deficiency
  • presence of aplastic anemia
  • presence of leukemia (blood cancer)
  • presence of other diseases

But the problem could also be due to an increase in platelet breakdown in the bloodstream or dysfunction in the spleen or liver.

Obviously, it must be a doctor to determine, after the necessary analyzes, what is the triggering cause of the problem but, if the low platelets are due to vitamin deficiencies, it is certainly possible to act by changing one’s diet, favoring a nutrient-rich diet .

What to eat in case of thrombocytopenia

In general, to improve a situation of trompocytopenia, the intake of too much sugar and fat should be avoided by choosing instead to increase the consumption of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

It is recommended to take foods that contain vitamin K , important in the coagulation process and with strong anti-inflammatory qualities, as well as foods rich in folic acid and vitamin B12 .

But let’s see specifically the most suitable foods to deal with platelet deficiency :

  • Lentil soup :thanks to the high content of iron, potassium and fiber, this food can be excellent for increasing the blood platelet count.
  • Crucifers, chard and spinach: eating broccoli, cabbage, chard and spinach (foods rich in vitamin K) daily helps to maintain healthy bones and benefits blood clotting. Spinach, in particular, rich in iron and vitamins E helps to produce hemoglobin.

Green leaves vegetables

  • Oats and barley: betaglucan-rich cereals to be consumed 3 times during the day as they are excellent for increasing platelets.
  • Celery and carrot: these two raw vegetables can also help with low platelets.
  • Citrus fruits and Kiwis: and more generally all fruit with a high content of vitamin C is useful to deal with a thrombocytopenia condition.


  • Garlic: in addition to fighting bacterial infections, allicin contained in garlic prevents clots from forming in the blood.
  • Coconut water: useful for hydrating but also for increasing platelets as it is rich in potassium and electrolytes.

It can also help a lot to maintain a balanced lifestyle, remembering to drink a lot, rest the right way and exercise regularly.

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