How to Increase Your White Blood Cell Count
Some common causes of leukopenia include acute viral infections such as a cold and influenza, copper and zinc deficiency, typhoid, dengue, malaria, tuberculosis and Lyme disease.
Other causes include aplastic anemia; cancers such as bone cancer, which damages the bone marrow, and lymphoma, which is a cancer that begins in the WBCs; chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which disrupt bone marrow activity; and autoimmune diseases like lupus.
Lack of adequate WBCs weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to disease-causing bacteria and viruses.
If the deficiency is not treated, these diseases will strengthen over time, rendering your body unable to fight the diseases at all.
Here are top 10 ways to help increase the white blood cell count in your body.
1. Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)
Cat’s claw is a South American vine found in the rainforests in the Amazon that possesses incredible immune-boosting properties.
A 2001 study published in Phytomedicine notes that when 12 healthy adult subjects were administered daily doses of cat’s claw water extract supplements for 12 weeks, they experienced an increased production of leukocytes.
Studies also have demonstrated the efficacy of cat’s claw consumption in patients who had a low WBC count post chemotherapy.
However, cancer patients should consult their doctors before consuming this herb, as it is known to have promoted survival of leukemic cells in lab conditions.