Pop Quiz: Name 2 foods that boost red blood cell production. If you said leafy greens and red meat, congratulations, you know what everybody else knows. But if you want to boost red blood cell count and perform like a true athlete, it’s time to know more than everybody else. So the next time the topic comes up, impress your friends with this:
The folate found in avocados creates modifications within our DNA for proper cell division. When folate isn’t available in adequate amounts for this cell division to occur it can result in megaloblastic anemia. Since the red blood cells aren’t able to divide they remain too large to exit the bone marrow and enter the bloodstream. This inability for the red blood cells to enter the bloodstream means less oxygen transport to the muscles. And since the body isn’t able to store large amounts of folate, routine healthy sources within the diet are key.
So a good combination? A green leafy salad with avocados.
Overhaul your diet in a week with the Spartan 7 Day Meal Plan
- 4 cups chopped salad (up to 10 vegetables)
- 1⁄2 cup chickpeas 1⁄2 medium avocado
- 2 tbsp olive oil & balsamic vinegar