How to increase platelets by eating

Updated April 17, 2017

The bone marrow is the "factory" that produces blood platelets in your body. A low platelet count means your body may have a weak immune system and does not have enough blood-clotting ability.

Certain medications, chemotherapy, some illnesses and an impaired immune system can lower your platelet count. In most cases, rest and good eating habits can increase your platelet count.

Replace fats and oils with healthy oils such as cod liver oil, flax seed oil or walnut oil containing Omega-3 fatty acids. These oils are even better not cooked. Walnut oil and flax seed oil make terrific salad dressings.

Increase the amount of tuna and salmon in your diet; these foods are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, have few calories and are an excellent source of protein and iron. Fresh tuna and salmon are preferable to canned, but canned is preferable to omitting these two fish from your diet.

Add several servings of green leafy vegetables each day. These include lettuces, spinach, broccoli, kale and collard greens, which are all high in antioxidants. If you can eat these vegetables raw, it is best; but it is better to eat them cooked rather than avoid them. Try parboiling them to retain as much of the nutrients as possible.

Include raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries and blackberries as well as other berries to your diet. These fruits are full of phytonutrients that enhance health in general and building platelet count specifically.

Eat fresh tomatoes as often as possible. They contain the antioxidant lycopene, vitamins, minerals and resveratrol. All these substances are essential to good health.

Add low-fat red meat to your diet. Liver is an amazing source of vitamins and iron. If you can develop a taste for it, your blood will be healthier for it. Lean beef cuts are also high in iron and other blood-fortifying nutrients.

Introduce potato skins, apples (any colour), beetroot, squash and beets gradually into your diet. Containing nutrients that will help improve your platelet count, these foods build up stores of nutrients in your bones' marrow.


Add foods gradually if you are unaccustomed to eating any of the advised foods.


Tell your doctor if you have cuts or bruises that seem to take an abnormally long time to stop bleeding or heal.

Things You'll Need

  • Cod liver oil, flax seed oil or walnut oil
  • Omega-3 foods such as tuna and salmon
  • Green, leafy vegetables
  • Berries such as raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries and blackberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Low-fat red meat
  • Potato skins, apples, beetroot, squash and beets
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Based in New Jersey, Susan Raphael has been writing technology-related articles since 1991. Her work has appeared in “Wired” magazine, and “Mac Addict” magazine. Raphael received the Janet B. Smith Literary Award in 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from New York University.