5 Step Process to Treat Anemia Naturally

5 Step Process to Treat Anemia Naturally

Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine. Today I’m going to share with you my five-step process to treat anemia naturally.
If you want to know the best anemia cures, you’re going to find those in this video,
including the best diet, supplements, along with triggers, things that can trigger anemia
you absolutely want to watch out for. The first step in overcoming anemia is really
nourishing your spleen. Your spleen is an organ that is responsible for red blood cell
production, as well as keeping fluids together in your system. If your spleen isn’t healthy,
that’s one of the first factors that’s going to cause anemia. There are specific foods
that will actually help nourish your spleen, helping you overcome anemia naturally. That
first food group would be squash, specifically things like pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut
squash, spaghetti squash, those bright orange-colored foods. Think fall harvest, those sort of foods
are going to be fantastic for nourishing the spleen. So step number one is nourishing your spleen.
I would recommend getting one to two servings of squash in your daily diet. If you want
some ideas, you can check out some of my recipes there on DrAxe.com. The other thing that’s very important for
nourishing your spleen and red blood cell production are going to be green leafy vegetables
like spinach, kale, and chard. Doing one serving of those a day, something like a kale salad
or saut�ed spinach, is also very nourishing to your spleen. Last, but not least, our bitter
foods are good for the spleen, specifically things like romaine lettuce, arugula. You
can even do bitter herbs before a meal as a supplement. But anything that’s sort of
a bitter food is very, very nourishing to the spleen. Step number two to help you naturally overcome
anemia is you need to start getting your gut healthy with probiotics. Now, listen to this
principle. It’s not, “You are what you eat,” it is, “You are what you digest.” If you’re
not digesting properly and absorbing and assimilating nutrients properly, you’re not absorbing iron.
So for a lot of people, you might even be taking iron supplements, and they’re not working.
The reason is that you’re digestive system isn’t healthy, and you probably have a condition
called “leaky gut.” Leaky gut doesn’t allow you to properly absorb iron as well as certain
other vitamins, like vitamin B12 and magnesium and zinc. So you could be deficient because
you don’t have a healthy gut, and probiotics are really the first key into restoring your
digestive health. In fact, a recent study out of Stanford found
that when somebody supplements with probiotics, all of their B vitamin levels go up along
with their iron. So listen, treat the root cause, not the symptom. So many doctors today
say, “Hey, just go and take this iron tab.” It’s not fixing it. You’ve got to be able
to absorb the iron tab for it to work. So for that reason, you want to add in probiotic-rich
foods like real home-made yogurt, goat’s milk kefir, sauerkraut, and other probiotic-rich
foods. Then taking a probiotic supplement, typically 50 to 100 billion IUs daily, can
definitely help support your iron absorption. Step number two in overcoming anemia is getting
those processed and junk foods out, especially excess sugar and anything that can cause candida.
Oftentimes, candida and anemia are linked. So if you ever notice a white color on your
tongue or in the back of your throat or if you ever tend to get any sort of yeast issues,
you know that’s candida. Candida will block iron absorption. So diet is key. In order
to really overcome that, you’ve got to support the spleen, like I talked about earlier, but
also eliminate processed sugars and grains. So again, if you are doing a lot of sugars,
pastas, breads, cereals, any type of grain product or sugar product, that’s going to
feed yeast. Replace those with healthy fats in your diet. Or if you’re going to use a
sweetener, raw local honey in small amounts, a tablespoon at most at a time, or stevia
is the best option in terms of sweeteners. The next step in helping you overcome anemia
is going to be actually consuming iron-rich foods. Some of the best include foods like
liver. In fact, beef liver and chicken liver are by far the highest. That might sound gross
to you, consuming liver. But I’m telling you, if you buy organic chicken liver at your local
farmer’s market or at your health food store, you can put it in a crock pot with chicken
in equal ratios, or about a third liver, two-thirds chicken, and do a big crock pot with vegetables
like carrots, celery, onions, sea salt. Do a big crock pot with some liver in there,
and that is the perfect meal to help replenish your liver, as well as liver is very high
in iron, as I just discussed, which is important, so again, getting liver in your diet. Also, other iron-rich foods you want to be
getting in your diet. Look towards meat, specifically grass-fed beef. Bison is fantastic and lamb.
But think organic, grass-fed red meats are some of the highest foods in iron. Also, spinach
and kale and chard, getting those green leafy vegetables in. So again, an ideal meal might
look like that crock pot soup I talked about earlier. Another idea would be a bison burger
with a side of spinach. Fantastic for helping you overcome anemia. And last but not least, lifestyle and reducing
stress. If you’re emotionally stressed out, if you struggle with unforgiveness, anger,
or have chronic worry and anxiety, those things really deplete your spleen and your liver
and will exhaust those organs. So really make sure that you are scheduling in times of relaxation,
times of fun during your week, getting plenty of sleep at night. Those things will really
help recharge your system and body. If you do those things, you’re going to see fantastic
results in overcoming anemia. Last little bonus tip here. In Chinese medicine,
again, anemia is very closely related to the spleen, and certain herbs actually help support
the spleen, especially ginseng. Ginseng is known as an adaptogenic herb that helps your
body better deal with stress. So adding in a supplement like ginseng may also help really
in supporting healthy blood. Then beets, another super food. They really help with a healthy
circulatory system and healthy iron levels. So guys, this has been myself, Dr. Axe, talking
about anemia natural treatments and natural cures for anemia. I hope you’ve enjoyed this
video. And hey, if you want to learn more about the best ways to heal naturally, make
sure you subscribe here to my YouTube channel. You’re going to find the greatest and latest
health news available today. Thanks, guys.



  • Natascha Mandpe

    Hi! I am suffering from anemia since many years. My diet is healthy, I have stopped eating junk food , I mostly eat fruits and vegetables, I even had blood injections but after a few days my RBC count was back to down. Why should I do?

  • Miriam Quite

    Thank you dear

  • Richer XD

    Thanks doc!!

  • franoh livingston

    Really useful doc..


    Appreciate the information that's new to me, like nourishing the spleen with things like squash etc., but get this: no one has to suffer and DIE in order for me to live: Our only planet doesn't have to die, the thousands who die of starvation every single day (that the media doesn't care about) don't have to die.
    I'll take your non-Nazi information but you're way off on the rest – I don't care if you're a "doctor".
    I've overcome anemia before, more than once, without paying for helpless innocents to be confined, enslaved, mutilated, mutated, abused, raped, have their babies taken away, skinned alive and then brutally and violently murdered (chained upside-down, stabbed in the throat, forced into gas chambers, dropped into vats of scalding water, bludgeoned to death) while they are still children themselves.

    And btw, labels like "organic" and "grass fed" are worthless lies to make people feel better about doing the immoral thing. NO ONE WANTS TO DIE – these innocent souls don't go to their death willingly – they fight, scream and cry and beg until the horrific end – WAKE THE HELL UP. And don't take jokers like this "doctor" too seriously.

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  • Nicole Jane

    No liver….

  • Beauty for Ashes

    If I should stay away from grains, what could I eat for breakfast other than oatmeal?

  • Temo Figueroa

    Thank you very much very helpful

  • Dar Qis

    I'm pregnant 36 week's, but still I have very low hb, I eat everything can helps my hb to high, but the problem is I can't sleep at night.

  • Aadi Samaroo

    I think i might have leaky gut

  • reneekatz666

    here's some foods you should consider if you're anemic:
    Spinach (much more iron than kale)
    Liver (get the boar's head liverwurst, it's amazing)
    Dark chocolate (70 % or more, really dark, bitter stuff)
    Potatoes ( a large potato has abt 16% dv of iron)
    bell peppers (extremely high in vitamin c, it helps you absorb iron)
    blackstrap molasses from whole foods (other stores dont have good molasses that's high in iron)
    egg yolks
    beef (pork, poultry don't have nearly as much iron)

    Eat dairy products and caffeine products 2-3 hours away from high-iron meals and iron supplements.

    Drink milk, it's really high in b12, and it's actually not easy to get large amounts of b12 from meat alone. that's because it's difficult to sit and eat pounds and pounds of meat, but it is easy to drink 2 or 3 cups of milk throughout the day. Just don't drink the milk when you take your iron pills because it effects how the iron is absorbed.

  • the world of friendship

    I am a celiac, n for years have low anemia, today my blood level has gone down to 6 tomorrow starting transfusion but i want to try something naturally please reply

  • Jotique Harlee

    We call liver pudding and mix it with grits… It's so good!!!


    Excellent video. Clear list and examples, thank you!!

  • C my Clay

    Thank you so much

  • Arushi Sharma

    Amazing Video, I had been suffered from anemia last one year but after that, I had used the Planet Ayurveda Anemia Care pack and it's really effective on me.

  • Regina Powell

    What if you are vegan?

  • Miriam B.

    Thank you ♥♥♥ pink looks great on you Dr Axe.

  • DIY Solar Homestead

    I always have cold hands in the winter. Thank you

  • Kelley Rubio

    dr.axe what about if the patient's spleen has already been removed and they are suffering from anemia because modern medicine many times if the spleen is giving issues they just say to take it out

  • jezel villar

    I had been suffering from anemia until now. Thank God I am recovering now.
    The symptoms I had were chest pain, headache, palpitations, very fast heart beat, I get too tired easily also to the point that I can already hear my heartbeat and the beat of my brain at the same time. I have heavy bleeding of period for 20 days already and im so weak. My lips are as white as paper and my skin was so pale. I even passed out twice. When I got my CBC my hemoglobin level went down to 3 and the normal range is 12.

  • Sonja Walker

    Hello, Dr. Axe, I ended up going into the hospital because my iron was so low. Now since I got treated through infusions my levels were above normal just a tad once I got tested. I drink combucha now to keep probiotics in check, and I eat hummus since it has loads of iron, protein and garlic for prebiotics. My mom will not make liver, but I do end up eating meat at least once to twice a week, some times more. I'm a tiny thing and eat like a bear getting ready for hibernation now. Well, maybe not literally… I'm all natural foods now, I do not take medications unless I need serious treatment. I drink green tea if I have a cramp caused by inflammation, I have small amounts of turmeric powder put on my food each week, I drink ginger tea if I feel sick to my stomach, and have never been bedridden sick for 3 years as a result of the turmeric. When I do get sick to my stomach, it's not serious enough to wipe me of energy; I can still eat normally, I just take it slower. My body should have lots of time now to recover.

  • Tiffany Simmons

    Thank you. I'm about to put together a care package as a Christmas gift for a friend who's iron is too low.

  • maria mistretta

    This explains why my aunt is not well at times.
    I can let my aunt know about this.
    Stay stressless and relax. get good rest could help too.
    Food with iron is good or meds that a good for iron.

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  • Sugaminkook -Dessu

    I don't get it my doctor recommended me not to drink milk while I'm taking my iron supplements how am I supposed to get my probiotics then, should I stop taking my pills and focus on my gut health first or what I'm very confused and I've been anemic for years and I don't seem to get better whatever drugs they prescribe me.

  • Mahadia LeBon

    Awesome tips, really. I'm anemic for my whole life. It got me alittle depressed when you said that also mental condition affect spleen health, but then you mentioned ginseng. And i know ginseng and i'm going for it. Although the TCM doctors said to me that ginseng is not for women. That Angelica Sinensys is more for us. But i cant eat that root every day, i just put it in beef bone broth when i make it.
    I'm so exhausted .. my levels are so low .. i think i'm gonna ask my doctor to put me on IV iron treatment and then i'll just try to keep the levels. It can take 1 year to get my levels to healthy with recommended foods, and i feel too sick to even cook and follow … Do you think, breastfeeding is also washing out my iron?
    Thank you and sorry for this confused confession, i just need help and your video is awesome 🙂

  • BeaunaturelleFeb11

    Fantastic tips and explanation. Thank you.

  • Adrian Cortez

    God bless you Doc. You're doing great

  • geddoe316

    My father has high iron content in his liver, yet is currently undergoing testing for anemia. How is that possible if low iron is a factor when my father shows too much iron in the blood?

  • Tailor Maid

    Very knowledgeable and trustworthy information on Health. Thank you Dr Axe

  • maahi biswas

    Hi Dr! Please let me know which time we should Take Probiotics and how

  • Kamisha Bourdeaux

    You are awesome!

  • Aryan Yama

    I'm taking iron pills three times a day…

  • Sylvi Boldt

    What if you dont have a spleen? 🤔
    Got mine taken out years ago and also have anemia

  • Kallen xo

    when you said squash i nearly died… the one type of vegetable i absolutely HATE…. WHYYYYYYYY…. lol so serious i want to cry… but i will do what must be done. still anemic, my supplements arent working i have sicke cell trait and 37 weeks pregnant. i just want the baby to be okay.

  • Manish Arora

    My friend was suffering from anemia since 2015. Now he is taking anemia care pack from planet Ayurveda and it shows good results.

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  • Edith McCarthy

    can you give more detail if you are vegetarian please

  • Vee Da

    I recently was diagnosed severely anemic due to menstruation problems and my hemoglobin levels dropped to 5.5. I ended getting a blood transfusion and levels rose to 8. I was given iron supplements but I feel like they weren’t working and visited my obgyn and my hemoglobin levels dropped again. So I see you mentioned the probiotics And will mention to my dr when I visit this week again. Thanks for the info! Btw being anemic sucks! I feel for everyone commenting on the exhaustion, nausea and dizziness. I couldn’t even walk outside without feeling like crap. I hope everyone gets the help they need. Much love ❤️

  • benjie despi

    Hi,Dr.Josh.can i ask what?what best food's eat if you are anemia?

  • Shivam Yajnik

    Amazing video. Very helpful

  • lian Aint

    I cant clench my hands

  • omegafile

    Magnesium, sulfur (onions , garlic, eggs), iodine, Methylated B vitamins, Vitamin C from real fruits and vegetables, Red meat, Chlorophyll, Cod liver oil (10:1 ratio Retinol to Vitamin D) and low dose zinc (no longer than a few months). Also potassium. Even apple pectin from the skin on apples and pears will help. Broccoli too and green vegetables. No nuts or foods high in Calcium. Skip the rice… you have no idea of the toxic levels of heavy metals in it.
    This is all because they are probably copper toxic. When the copper comes down the iron goes up.
    It's all about getting the body to make ceruloplasmin.
     This is not advice please do your own research.

  • FKA T

    Wow this was so educative and informative! I’m 26 weeks and the blood tests results came all normal but very low level of iron. The doctor just said take daily tablet for 2 months and that’s it. As I don’t take anything except the pregnancy pills and even before wasn’t taking any sort of pills, it didn’t sit right with me. This video is super helpful and I need to take some notes. Thank you Dr Axe!

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  • Elizabeth Avalos

    What’s the best time to take probiotics? I take magnesium at night can I take it with???

  • LoveFromK

    My haemoglobin levels are at 8. Lowest they have been is 6, highest they have been is 9. I was placed on Ferrous Fumarate and Ferrous Sulphate tablets combined with Folic Acid by my doctor. This is what has increased my levels to 8/9.
    My aim is to get to 12/13. After reading some comments my theory is that my body has difficulty absorbing the iron? Because I take the tablets 3 times a day and eat veg, fish, beans etc etc regularly.

    Any help?

  • Ashlee Ingle

    Thanks it helps me a lot i have anemia 3 weeks ago doctor told me and im so afraid off it

  • Linda 82

    I have low irion 👻 I sleep all the time jeeze 😂

  • Linda 82

    Thanks I love spinach 😌

  • Gabriel Ravi


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    Your name reminds me of a body spray

  • Christy Poos

    Very informative. Thank you.

  • Amy Noorrani

    Pumpkin, squash, spinash, kale, romaine lettuce, probiotics : homade yougurt, elimate sugar & grains. Stevia, liver, beef liver, chicken liver, bison, organic grass fed meat, bison burger, lifestyle, stress management, ginseng

  • ninasan

    What about the oxalates in those vegetables you mentioned for the spleen?

  • Akina Layola

    Nooooo!!!! I love chocolates!!! Why!!!!!!😭😭😭

  • D B

    Love organic liver. Liver and onions is delicious.

  • Tessa p

    Thank you

  • Richard Sorel

    Take 2 teaspoons of gelatinized Peruvian maca everyday. Eat some red meat along with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, Take a B-Complex supplement, additional folic acid, and bye bye anemia.

  • Christine Gratzoll

    I got big gut haha not sure if it’s leaking thou


    Let's not be afraid of cooking liver it's delicious healthy I've been battling anemia and liver is the best supplement look up some recipes am I Egyptian friend explain to me how to prepare it and it's delicious

  • Sandra Davis

    Thank you!!!

  • Tinashe Sved

    Anyone living with sickle cell staying in Sweden??

  • Louise

    I have iron deficiency due to heavy periods. It's hard to breathe and sleep. 🙁

  • Cesy Pine

    I was diagnosed with anemia from the age of 12 and 24 now.

  • Hot Chick

    I’m always tired and I can’t sleep 😢

  • Linda 82


  • mangogarlic Onion

    Green leafy vegetables
    Bitter foods
    Probiotic foods
    No sugar, no grain
    Foods rich in iron: organic chicken liver, grass fed meets, spinach, kale, chards
    Stress out emotionally
    Supplements: ginseng

  • Lynette Meza

    Makes a lot of sense. Thank you

  • Mari Rodriguez

    Awesome video…Thank you very much Dr. Axe, I appreciate you. :))

  • Marcia

    This was the best advice this far!! I need to up my probiotic intake from 30b to 50b. I dont eat enough red meats but bison is delicious. I do eat tons of leafy greens (ie, collards, bok choy, turnips, kale, spinach and lettuce) also spirulina, moringa and matcha. I mist have low stomach acid. Stress is a major area to improve. Bringing bk yoga and meditation more routinely now

  • Creative Star

    This is a very honest video Dr Axe… thank you alot

  • AndЯew

    Mother had gastric bypass years ago which is causing iron deficiency now they want her to get liquid iron

  • Lisette K

    Very helpful thanks

    I used to be anemic 5 years ago but only during menstruating then it disappeared 👻

  • Strappa Plank

    I've read on many sites that eggs can harm the absorption of iron? anyone?

  • Sandra Miller

    I have CLLLEAUKEMIA a anemia a low Hemboglin what can I do to feel better w energy.

  • Pakeezah

    But, I don’t have a spleen anymore. : (

  • Mangala Pk

    Can you please tell me how much of spinach and how many days it should be consumed

  • Mageh Lan

    Some say must be careful of beetroot and spinach because too much can cause kidney stone..any thought?

  • Desean Clay

    I have anemia myself and what I eat with ground turkey fish and Chicken and I change my whole diet what I eat is wheat bread 9 grain wheat bread wheat pasta and wheat rice and because I've been under depression and I don't eat liver because I don't like liver what I do is I eat spinach and kale on my sandwiches when I go to Subway I eat like greens and kale together because I cook it and I eliminate my sugar into stevia and I eat raw honey and when I drink something I used peppermint tea with honey and lemon does that help because I really want to know because I do stevia non sweetener but I do take pills from my amenia

  • Luvone Willis-Guerrero

    This is awesome! Thanks!

  • Koalaism Unbound

    burdock yellow dock sarsapirilla

  • Cleopatra TROPHY WIFE


    Treat the cause and root of the issue first.

    Spleen is responsible for making RBCs

    Pumpkin 🎃 and orange fall harvest

    Bitter karaila juice 🥤 (spleen health)


    Beef 🥩 and chicken 🐔 Liver !!!


  • Jf

    What about if you are vegetarian?

  • Rudy F

    I have had low platelet count about 90-100k for 4 years. Can this diet help increase my platelets to normal levels without meds? 65yrs.

  • esperanza Alcala

    Hi Dr. Axe what are the numbers that tells me if I have anemia or my blood count is normal???

  • Србомбоница

    Beets and all berries ,the absolute best,also liquid chlorophyll is great for anemia

  • Sezza1980

    What if you don't have a spleen?

  • Mussarat Jabeen

    But bro, spinach contains oxalate too which inhibits iron absorption and you talked about yoghurt which has calcium; both of which inhibits iron absorption, as they bind with iron in stomach. I am conflicted..

  • Abolish Human Abortion

    What brand of probiotics do you suggest?

  • Gianna Esposito

    What if you don't have a spleen?

  • Your Girl Ferrari

    My daughter was diagnosed with anemia when in fact she sort of was anemic but she had thalassemia! Caused all kinds of issues! Come to find out I have it and my son is in the process of getting results. Thalassemia occurs most frequently in people from Mediterranean countries, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia, about 5 in 10,000 born a year. WOuld you be willing to research and do a video in regards to diet, exercise, symptoms and so on?

  • Carol Moonfield

    Very useful video, thank you!. For those who cannot/don't want to consume animal products, I made a video "100% daily iron in one vegan meal". Hope this helps somebody too. All the best!

  • Tresa John

    Thank you. Love from India

  • Yadira Leyva

    Wow this is seriously the best video I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much. What a blessing. I’m gonna get started with these steps as soon as possible and also gonna send this to my mom who’s anemic. Thank you again doctor!

  • Marvin Arts

    Thank all of you guys input. I really need it. Marvin.

  • trc0o0az

    I’ve been a (under/post grad student/ teacher all my life so yeah…too late for stress elimination for me. I’ll just live with those chunks of hair falling til I go bald 👨‍🦲.

  • YaShanda Skinner

    I know that this is an old video but it really helped me I have been dealing with these symptoms for a while, but I didn't know what was going on. My doctor did some labs and told me that I am very anemic. She said that I need Iron Infusion treatments right away because my iron is at a 5. I have been taking iron pills and eating beef spinach and shellfish but no change in my symptoms.

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