Why is anemia dangerous?

Anaemia is a condition in which the number of red blood cells or their oxygen-carrying capacity is insufficient to meet physiologic needs of a person. Iron deficiency is thought to be the most common cause of anaemia globally, although other conditions, such as folate, vitamin B12 and vitamin A deficiencies, chronic inflammation, parasitic infections, and inherited disorders can all cause anaemia. In its severe form, it is associated with fatigue, weakness, dizziness and drowsiness. Pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable.

According to WHO estimates iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world. It is affecting a large number of children and women in developing countries and it is the only nutrient deficiency which is also significantly prevalent in industralized countries. The numbers are stunning: over 30% of the world’s population (around 2 billion people) are anaemic, many due to iron deficiency, and in resource-poor areas, this is frequently exacerbated by infectious diseases.

Some of the most common dangers of being anemic are:

(1) Feeling weakness and fatigue: Starved cells of their required nutrients for an extended period of time lead to losing strength and feeling weakness in the body;

(2) Becoming more vulnerable to infections: If anemia is serious and lasts for a long time, the continual shortage of nutrients can make your body cells weak and vulnerable to infections, by hampering the proper functioning of your immunity system;

(3) Low blood pressure: The lack of oxygen in the blood that is a common symptom of anemia. This consistent lack of oxygenated blood can lead to low blood pressure;

(4) Nerve damage: Anemia caused by vitamin deficiency can also affect the level of vitamin B12 in you body. Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy nerve function and regeneration. Adequate treatment will help restore your nerve function....

Holistic and natural health practitioners sometimes use herbs to treat anemia and other deficiencies. Somel herbs used to treat anemia include: alfalfa, barley grass, dandelion, ironweed and yellowdock....