Anaemia is a deficiency in the number or quality of red blood cells. Red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow and contain a protein called haemoglobin. Oxygen attached itself to haemoglobin and because of this capability, red blood cells are responsibly for delivering oxygen to the body’s cells so they can perform their various duties.

When a person is anaemic, it means that either the level or red blood cells or the level of haemoglobin is lower than normal. This means that, in order for the body’s cells to receive enough oxygen, their heart has to work harder to pump the quantity of blood needed to get an adequate supply of oxygen around the body. Consequently, if someone is anaemic, they may feel particularly exhausted after exercise.

Other symptoms of anaemia vary depending on the severity, but may include:

  • Pale skin

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness

  • Tires easily

  • Drop in blood pressure when standing from a sitting or lying position – this may happen after acute blood loss (like a heavy period)

  • Frequent headaches

  • Racing heart or palpitations

  • Concentration difficulties

  • Loss of appetite

  • Strange food cravings


It’s important to recognise that anaemia is not a disease, but rather a malfunction within the body, and can be caused by many things including:

  • Dietary deficiency: The bone marrow needs enough dietary iron to manufacture haemoglobin. Deficiencies of Vitamin B12 or folic acid also results in a type of anaemia. So these levels also need to be checked in blood tests, as well as iron, if anaemia is suspected.

  • Malabsorption: Where the body is not able to use the nutrients in the diet, caused by conditions such as coeliac disease.

  • Inherited disorders: Such as sickle cell anaemia or thalassaemia

  • Autoimmune disorders: Such as autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, where the immune cells attack the red blood cells and reduce their life span.

  • Chronic diseases: Such as rheumatoid arthritis

  • Hormonal disorders: Such as hypothyroidism

  • Bone marrow disorders: Such as cancer or infection

  • Blood loss: Due to trauma, surgery, cancer, heavy menstruation or frequent blood donations

  • Drugs and medications: Including alcohol, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs or anti-coagulation medications

  • Infections: Such as malaria, which reduce the lifespan of red blood cells

  • Periods or rapid growth or high energy requirements: Such as puberty or pregnancy


Due to the possible causes of anaemia, certain people or more at risk of developing it including:

  • Menstruating women

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women

  • Children going through puberty

  • Vegetarians and vegans

  • People with cancer, stomach ulcers and some chronic diseases

  • People on fad diets

  • Athletes


How can NDH help?

If anaemia is suspected, our practitioners will refer to get confirmation via blood tests so they can prescribe supplementation accurately that increases your body’s levels of iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid. Our practitioners will also assess your dietary status and suggest alterations if required. They may also be able to assist in reducing the impact of the other possible causes which contribute to anaemia; such as addressing hormonal imbalances, infections and malabsorption issues.

Call our professional staff on 0429463726