Definition of Anemia

Anemia is a state of health wherein a person’s blood registers an abnormally lower number of red blood cells. Anemia can also be the case if a person’s red blood cells lack enough quantities of hemoglobin. It (hemoblobin) is a type of protein that contains high levels of iron that causes blood to have its distinctive red color. The protein aids red blood cells to convey oxygen from the lungs to the other parts of the body.

When a person suffers from anemia, his body is not provided with enough blood filled with oxygen. This causes a feeling of weakness or tiredness as well as other symptoms like headaches, dizziness or shortness of breath.

Prolonged or serious types of anemia can damage body organs like the brain, heart and other major body organs. Very severe anemia can be fatal to its sufferer.

Blood is composed of many components. It contains plasma, which is the fluid part of blood; platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells.

Red blood cells have a shape like doughnuts excluding the center hole. These cells transport blood all over your body and remove carbon dioxide from your body. Red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow.

Platelets and white blood cells also come from the bone marrow. White blood cells are the body’s defenses against infection while platelets adhere together and clot during breaks in the blood vessel walls or small cuts to stop bleeding. There are some kinds of anemia that register low amounts to all of the components of the blood.

Various forms of anemia are usually short term and mild and are easily treatable. Many of these forms are easily addressed by taking dietary supplements.

There are also some types of anemia that can be long lasting, severe and even deadly if they are not properly diagnosed and/or treated well.

 

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