Red blood cell pathology is found in the Full Blood Count (FBC) or CBC for Complete Blood Count (CBC)
You may find this under the heading ‘Haematology’

Red blood cells live for 120 days, so the good thing is thy are always renewing, so once you get your nutrients in, you can have a whole new set of blood cells in four months.

What we are looking at here is the amount, size and shape of the red blood cells.

AMOUNT – you need just the right amount in the blood



Is Iron (Haem) attached to a protein (Globulin)

It takes Oxygen around the body from the lungs and to the body and picks up the carbon dioxide in exchange and goes back to the lungs to exhale and collect more oxygen.
That is why breathing clean air is so important
A lower amount can’t carry much oxygen
A higher amount shows that there is not enough nutrients to make the cells, so more cells are needed to supply the oxygen

SIZE – the cells have to be the right size


MCV Mean Cell Volume

Is the average size of the red blood cell
Too small can also mean low Iron
Too many can indicate low B12 and folate to make the cells
Adequate protein intake is essential to make good amounts of Haemoglobulin


SHAPE – the blood cells need to be the right shape so they don’t stick together and flow freely in the blood vessels


RDW – Red Cell Distribution Width

Measures the difference in the sizes of the cells.
You want them all to be about the same size

Your Pathocize (exercise for your pathology)

Eat a good amount of protein to make the RBC
Ensure you have adequate dietary intake of B12, folate and iron


B12 is found in these foods

Food                   Serving Size B12 Content
Beef liver                   1 ounce 20mcg
Sardines                   3 ounce 2.6mcg
Atlantic Mackerel                   3 ounce 7.4mcg
Lamb                   3 ounces 2.7mcg
Wild-Caught Salmon                   3 ounces 2.6mcg
Nutritional Yeast                   1 tblsp 2.4mcg
Feta Cheese                    0.5 Cup 1.25mcg
Grass-Feed beef                    3 ounces 1.2mcg
Cottage Cheese                    1 Cup 0.97mcg
Eggs                    1 large 0.6mcg



Folate is found in these foods

Food Serving Size Folate Content
Spinach raw 100gm 194mcg
Asparagus frozen 100gm 191mcg
Mustard greens raw 100gm 187mcg
Quinoa uncooked 100gm 184mcg
Lentils cooked 100gm 181mcg
Kelp seaweed raw 100gm 180mcg
Collard greens raw 100gm 166mcg
Lima beans cooked 100gm 150mcg
Black beans cooked 100gm 149mcg
Cos or Romaine lettuce raw 100gm 136mcg
Kidney beans cooked 100gm 130mcg


Iron is found in these foods

  Food Serving size Iron content
  Chicken liver 100g 11mg
  Beef 100g 3.5mg
  Kangaroo 100g 3.2mg
  Kidney beans 1 cup 3.1mg
  Green lentils 1 cup 3.0mg
  Tofu 100g 2.96mg
  Chickpeas 1 cup 2.7mg
  Lamb 100g 2.5mg
  Cashew nuts 30g (20 nuts) 1.5mg
  Salmon 100g 1.28mg
  Raw spinach 1 cup 1.2mg
  Tinned tuna 100g 1.07mg
  Rolled oats 30g 1.1mg
  Almonds 30g 1.1mg
  Lamb brains 100g 1.0mg
  Dried apricot


 (5 dried apricots)

  Broccoli 1 cup 0.86mg
  Pork 100g 0.8mg
  Cooked brown rice 140g (1 cup) 0.7mg
  Chicken 100g 0.4mg
  Snapper 100g 0.3mg


  • eat foods high in vitamin C with foods that contain iron
  • cook your plant foods to improve the amount of available iron
  • avoid having tea, coffee or calcium during or directly after having a source of iron


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