Thrombocytes, or more commonly known as platelets, are tiny irregularly shaped cell fragments that can be found in the blood. By default, a healthy individual should have around 150k to 450k per microlitre in their blood. Not meeting said figures categorizes a person as suffering from low platelet count.
Having a low platelet count is dangerous since thrombocytes are responsible for blood clotting, and having a low count could lead to excessive bleeding, which is of course fatal. Another reason why an individual should always be wary of a low platelet count is that it can also be the result of internal bleeding, which is far worse than simply having a low thrombocyte count.
There are a number of reasons why a person can have a low platelet count, such as:
Anemia - women are particularly susceptible to this, especially during their menstrual period when their platelet count is lessened naturally. Anemia also demands special attention because it can rob the body of iron.
Chemotherapy - the radiation used in chemotherapy can also kill the platelet count in a patient's blood.
Autoimmunity - there are certain antibodies present in our body that can destroy platelets and reduce our overall platelet count.
Dengue - this mosquito-borne disease has the ability to bring down the platelet counts in a person's body to dangerously low levels.
Medications - there are also over the counter medicines that have the ability to bring down a person's thrombocyte count, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
Natural Methods for Preventing a Low Platelet Count
The old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" in this case, in the sense that your best defense against a low thrombocyte count is preventing it from going down in the first place, through the following means:
1. Lots and Lots of Vitamin C - you can easily obtain enough vitamin C just by making a habit out of eating fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is water soluble, and as such, can be easily absorbed by the body and help restore the body's platelet count. The fact that it boosts your defense against colds and infections is a welcome bonus.
2. Bitter Extract from Papaya Leaves - this may be difficult at first, since a papaya leaf doesn't really taste good, as implied by the prefix "bitter". However, it is very, very effective in managing your platelet count.
3. Modifying Your Diet - a low platelet count can also result from a poor diet, so make sure you include a lot of organic and fresh food in your meals. Avoid ingesting too much sugar, and the kinds of food that have saturated fat. Carbonated drinks are also a big No-No if you want to keep your platelet count from hitting the floor.
4. Target Red Foods - food that are red in color, provided that they got those colors through natural means, are ideal in increasing your platelet counts. These include Tomatoes, plums, cherries, watermelons, and berries. Additionally, these types of food have anti-oxidant properties which not only helps to prevent low thrombocyte counts, they also slow down aging and prevent cell damage.
Of course, too much of anything can be bad, so avoid overdoing it if as having too much thrombocyte will result in thrombosis, which is when the platelets block passages - this can result in hemorrhoids, boils, and even heart attacks. As always, moderation is the key and don't forget your regular check ups with a physician.