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थैलेसीमिया - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Thalassemia recipes in Hindi)
થૈલેસીમિયા ડાયેટ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Thalassemia recipes in Gujarati)

Indian Recipes for Thalassemia, Thalassemia Indian Diet

Thalassemia is an inherited genetic disorder of the blood in which the bone marrow makes less haemoglobin which is a part of red blood cells (RBC) of the body.

These low levels of hemoglobin production can make you anaemic and symptoms of paleness, fatigue, tiredness along with weakness sets in. The two main types of thalassemia are ‘alpha’ and ‘beta’. Each of these are further have three types – ‘minor’, ‘moderate’ or ‘major’.

If you are a thalassemia minor, usually no treatment is required. This isn’t life threatening. But for those who are moderate or major thalassemia patients, they need medical assistance and in severe cases blood transfusion throughout their life. Repeated blood transfusions may lead to high dosage of iron in your body, which can damage other body organs. This is life threatening and needs continuous monitoring and treatment.

Dietary Tips and Indian Recipes for Thalassemia

For thalassemia minor, there are not many diet changes to be followed. However moderate thalassemia with non-transfused patients are usually prescribed folate supplementation along with a moderately low-iron diet.

And for thalassemia patients on blood transfusion therapy and chelation therapy (to bind excess iron in the body) are advised to follow a strict low iron diet. This is because blood transfusion often leads to an overdose of iron. Here are a few tips to follow for a low iron diet:

1. Avoid addition of too many green leafy veggies to your diet. Though they are packed with antioxidants, they have high iron content as well. To name a few of them, they are spinach, cauliflower greens, kale etc.

Have a variety of colours in your plate instead. Red-orange fruits and veggies like carrot and tomato, purple by way of brinjal and black grapes etc. Baingan Bharta with Curds is a wise indulgence.

 Baingan Bharta with Curds, Roasted Eggplant with Curds

 Baingan Bharta with Curds, Roasted Eggplant with Curds

2. Another healthy option is Carrot Onion Soup. Mildly flavoured with mixed herbs and pepper powder, it is sure to please your palate.

 Carrot Onion Soup

 Carrot Onion Soup

3. They are often advised to have a Black Tea after meals to reduce the iron absorption from meals.

 Black Tea, Basic Black Tea

 Black Tea, Basic Black Tea

4. Also remember to add enough calcium to your diet as the bones tend to weaken with the progression this disease. Have plenty of dairy products like milk, curd and paneer. Moreover, calcium also hinders iron absorption, so that is to your benefit. If you weight gain issue, prefer low fat milk and its products. A simple Tomato Raita in your daily diet can do wonders for your body. Avoid the addition of coriander in this recipe. Calcium supplementation is recommended if intake is inadequate.

 Tomato Raita

 Tomato Raita

5. Do not include much of iron rich grains like bajra and nachni. Instead opt for rice flour in different forms like Rice Panki and Akki Roti minus the coriander.

 Quick Rice Panki

6. Banana are a good source of folic acid. They will help build RBC. Include them in the form of Banana Raita if you don’t enjoy them plain.

 Banana Raita Banana Raita

7. Include natural herbs like tulsi, ginger etc. in your diet. These will help boost your immunity. A small glass of Tulsi Water will help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Tulsi TeaTulsi water

8. Vitamin D is a must to enhance bone strength. All you have to do is have sun bath for at least 10 to 20 minutes in the morning.  

9. Stay well hydrated.

Apart from water, you can include a glass of Buttermilk in your daily diet. Known as ‘God’s nectar’, it is safe for thalassemia.

 How To Make Chaas , Indian Buttermilk Recipe

 How To Make Chaas , Indian Buttermilk Recipe

10. Focus on vitamin E to reduce inflammation and ward off free radicals. Have moderate amounts of walnuts, almonds and olive oil.

11. Restrict the intake of pulses like chana, matki, moong as they are good sources of iron.

Talk to your dietitian and doctor for permissible limit.



A Few Don’ts for Thalassemia

  1. Do not cook in iron pots.
  2. Avoid iron fortified ready to eat cereals.
  3. Avoid a vitamin C fruit juice after blood transfusion.
  4. Avoid alcohol.
  5. Strictly no cigarette smoking.
  6. Avoid junk foods.

15 Foods to Avoid in Thalassemia Major

  1. Spinach
  2. Methi
  3. Cauliflower greens
  4. Broccoli
  5. Cabbage
  6. Bajra
  7. Nachni
  8. Watermelon
  9. Pineapple
  10. Prunes
  11. Dates
  12. Raisins
  13. Fortified Cereals
  14. Peanut butter
  15. Non veg foods like meat, beef and pork

Here are a few recipes to help you sail safely through this ailment.


Tulsi Water recipe
tulsi water | 100% tulsi water | holy basil water | indian tulsi water | with 10 mazing images. Tulsi Water is a popular healthy drink and the Indian palate is ac ....
Carrot Onion Soup recipe
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Apple Sticks ( Tiffin Recipe) recipe
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Bhindi Onion Stir-fry , Kerala-style Ularthu recipe
Bhindi coupled with everyday ingredients like onions, green chillies and garlic gives you a tasty and healthy subzi that you can make any day. It is really simple but tastes awesome. Try other healthy subzis like Baingan Methi ki Subzi and
Rice Panki ( Non- Fried Snacks ) recipe
Rice panki, all things traditional have a charm of their own. This extremely popular, traditional recipe, tastes yummy when served steaming hot. This can be made in many ways – without garlic, with more leafy vegetables etc. Feel free to exercise your will and choose what you like the best. The styl ....
Banana Raita recipe
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Crunchy Cumin Seeds Cracker recipe
These crispy, low fat munchies are made with oats, maize flour and whole-wheat flour instead of refined maida. These are great to keep in your handbag so that you are prepared when hunger strikes. You can also serve them as an appetizer along with garlic tomato salsa.
Karela Tikkis, Bitter Gourd Tikki Recipe recipe
karela tikki recipe |bottle gourd tikki | healthy Indian tikki | karela tikki with garlic tomato chutney | with 33 amazing images Though unpleasantly bitter, karela tops the list of
Chawal ki Roti recipe
chawal ki roti | rice flour roti | Maharashtrian masala chawal paratha | masala chawal roti | with 20 amazing images. chawal ki roti recipe I often use to have as ....
Rice and Vegetable Chilla recipe
rice and vegetable chilla recipe | rice and vegetable chilla made with buttermilk | Sometimes, the modification of some of the ingredients or the addition of veggies can give a very innovative spin to popular recipes. Here, the addition ....
Honey Banana  Shake recipe
This duo of bananas and yoghurt will provide for plenty of calcium and energy in your diet which is helpful throughout your 9 months of pregnancy. Be it early morning or mid afternoon, this refresher is sure to lift your spirits up.
Dahi Bhindi, Healthy Dahi Bhindi recipe
dahi bhindi recipe | healthy dahi bhindi recipe | Rajasthani dahi bhindi | okra with yogurt | with amazing 18 images. dahi bhindi recipe is a
Baingan Bharta with Curds, Roasted Eggplant with Curds recipe
A refreshing twist to the traditional Baingan Bharta that is sure to surprise you pleasantly! Here, the roasted eggplants are blended with curds and a couple of flavour-givers like green chillies and coriander, and then chilled, to make a delectable dish that will tickle your taste buds. Chi ....
Akki Roti, Karnataka Rice Flour Roti recipe
Akki Roti is an all-time favourite snack in traditional Kannada households, where it is made for breakfast or evening tiffin. It is a quick and easy recipe, which does not require grinding or fermenting any batters. A soft dough of rice flour, perked up with veggies, ginger, green chillies and c ....
Apple Chickoo Salad with Muskmelon Dressing recipe
An unusual combination of fruits dressed in a pleasant muskmelon dressing makes this a fabulous salad. Apple and chickoo have contrasting flavours and textures, which complement each other beautifully. The dressing combines the soothing flavour and pleasing colour of muskmelon with the josh of r ....
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