Low Platelets Symptoms or Immune thrombocytopenia is mainly characterized by a decrease in the platelet count.
Low Platelet Symptoms or Signs are:
- Low platelets count
- Bleeding gums
- Rare complications such as intracranial bleeding
- Heavy menstrual flow
- Prolonged bleeding in cuts
- Spleen can get enlarged
Normal platelet levels are from 150,000 to 350,000. A whole array of symptoms start to appear and require treatment when platelets drop from their normal levels to under 40,000. By following a healthy diet and lifestyle, a patient with ITP can stay healthy or at least minimize the effects of this disease. Thereby, reducing the need for continuous medical treatment.
Diseases that can cause low platelet symptoms or levels are:
- Certain Cancers
- Viral infections
- Certain drugs such as chemotherapy, etc
- Diseases of the liver
- Hidden allergies (at least they can be triggers)
- Gluten intolerance (in a very small subgroup)
- Dairy – not much studied in this field. But dairy has been known to provoke autoimmune and allergies in certain people increasing the risk in those predisposed to ITP or other similar conditions.
Lifestyle factors that can predispose those already affected by the disease
- Sleep – Lack of sleep messes up your immune system causing more allergy, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders.
- Stress – Prolonged Stress and depression as the same effect as lack of sleep. But can be worse.
- Sugar – confuses the immune system and increases inflammation.
- Fried foods – increases inflammation
- Exercise – Too little exercise but also too much exercise! Never overdue exercise. It increases inflammation and can provoke a big decrease in your platelet levels.
- Lack of sun exposure – keeps the immune system health and prevents inflammation and ITP (autoimmune diseases)
Here are foods you can eat that will help keep your platelets
at healthy levels
Platelets and Vitamin E
Even though taking of large doses of vitamin E is definitely contra-indicated in ITP, especially with aspirin-containing drugs, it is interesting to know that platelets contain a good quantity of vitamin E in them. Usually, a higher content of a nutrient in an organ indications a higher nutritional need for that substance.
We don’t recommend taking higher amounts of vitamin E, but eating foods high in vitamin E can help in protecting platelets from inflammation.
Foods that have safe and sufficient levels of vitamin E for ITP are:
- Sunflower seeds
- Nuts and nut oils almonds and hazelnuts
- High-value leafy greens like spinach, collard, and dandelions.
- Wheat germ
Foods High in Vitamin C and ITP
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Increase your intake of:
- Dark green veggies
- Supplement with 1000 mg. a day for prevention. This is definitely not enough if you are having a more chronic problem with ITP. Much more is needed.
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You Can Get More Antioxidants With These Foods
- Blueberries – only use these if your platelets are over 90-100,000 to prevent them from lowering.
Vitamin K foods
Keep your diet high in vitamin K. Vitamin K is important in coagulation. Vitamin K may help to ameliorate the symptoms of ITP or at least reduce their severity.
Foods high in vitamin K are:
- Dark leafy green vegetables such as:
- Chlorophyll (2 tbs per day or more) and Chlorella (5 tablets) ( are high in vitamin K and other substances very beneficial in maintaining healthy body and platelets.
Vitamin D has modulating effects on the immune system. Which basically means it prevents it from going crazy attacking the body. An increased intake of vitamin D can keep your immune system under control. It will reduce your body’s attack on platelets.
Make sure to maintain your blood levels between 50-85. The minimum range of 30 is too low and is not protective. Insist on including a vitamin D test as part of your physical. More than 60% of Americans are low in this vitamin.
Supplement with a minimum of 2000 mgs. But if you are low, you may need 5000-10,000 daily. Consult with your doctor or naturopathic physician.
Now you know the things that can help you with your low platelet symptoms. It is your turn now to do your best in staying healthy.
Naturopath and Herbalist
Author of Conquer Low Platelets
A complete natural guide prevents and treats low platelet symptoms.
Disclaimer: The articles in this blog are not meant to treat or diagnose. Always consult a qualified health practitioner.