Red Blood Cell

Definition of Red Blood Cell:

Any of the hemoglobin-containing cells that carry oxygen to the tissues and are responsible for the red color of blood.

Also: Erythrocyte, Erythrocytes, RBC, Red Blood Cells

Topics Related to Red Blood Cell

A Low Platelet Count

...the condition
“...It can occur secondary to leukemia, in which the stem cells that yield white blood cells proliferate and crowd out the stem cells that produce platelets and red blood cells (yielding high white cell count and low RBC and platelet counts)...”

Adult Acne

...recommendation Vitamin E
“...Male acne patients have significantly decreased levels of erythrocyte glutathione peroxidase, which normalizes with vitamin E and selenium treatment...”
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American Skullcap a treatment
“...Both baicalin and baicalein are powerful antioxidants, protecting red blood cells from free radical damage better than vitamin E can...”


...the condition
“Anemia is a condition in which the blood doesn't have enough red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen...”
...related topic
“A condition resulting from an unusually low number of red blood cells or too little hemoglobin in the red blood cells...”
...relationship to Leukemia
“The red blood cell deficiency caused by leukemia leads to anemia and the symptoms of anemia, including severe fatigue, pallor, and breathing difficulty.”
...relationship to Chronic Renal Insufficiency
“Anemia is almost always present in cases of chronic renal failure, and can occur through any of the basic mechanisms (blood loss, excessive destruction of red blood cells, or low production of red blood cells...”

Aplastic Anemia

...related topic
“Anemia caused by failure of red blood cells to regenerate.”


...the condition
“...Ticks can carry a parasite called Babesia microti that attacks the red blood cells of many animals, including man...”

Bioflavonoid Need

...recommendation Bioflavonoids
“...No side-effects have been linked to the flavonoids except for catechin, which can occasionally cause reversible fever, hives and anemia from the breakdown of red blood cells.”


...related topic
“...It is also essential for function of red blood cells and hemoglobin synthesis.”

Blood Transfusion a treatment
“...Donated blood is often separated into its components ... Red blood cells: These transport oxygen to where it is needed, and are used to treat anemia...”

Bone Cancer

...the condition
“...Symptoms may also include fatigue, fever, weight loss, and anemia (loss of oxygen-carrying red blood cells).  All of these symptoms can mimic those of other less serious conditions, so it is important to confirm them with your doctor...”

Bone Marrow Suppression

...the condition
“...The result is a reduction in red blood cells (which carry oxygen), white blood cells (which fight infection), and/or platelets (which control bleeding)...”

Budd-Chiari Syndrome

...the condition
“...Causes include ... Polycythemia (an excess of red blood cells)...”

CBC (Complete Blood Count) Test a treatment
“...Red Blood Cells (RBC) RBCs are reddish in color and shaped like a donut with a thinner section in the middle instead of a hole...”

Chlorophyll a treatment
“...It has been used to ... cleanse, restore, and build up the supply of red blood cells...”


...related topic
“Essential for normal growth and functioning of all body cells, especially those of bone marrow (red blood cell formation), gastrointestinal tract and nervous system, it prevents pernicious anemia and plays a crucial part in the reproduction of every cell of the body i.e. synthesis of genetic...”

Complete Blood Count

...related topic
“...Red cell count (RBC).  The number of red blood cells in a volume of blood...”

Copper Deficiency

...the condition
“...The reduced red blood cell function and shortened red cell life span found with copper deficiency can influence energy levels and cause weakness and labored respiration from decreased oxygen delivery...”

Copper Toxicity

...the condition
“...Red blood cell copper levels may be a good test to measure increased copper levels as well...”

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement

...the condition
“...causes various issues specific to women: Premenstrual breast pain/tenderness; Premenstrual syndrome; Menstrual cramps; Abnormal menstrual bleeding; Vaginal dryness; Laboratory tests such as the Red Blood Cell Fatty Acid Analysis or the Fatty Acid Profile will help confirm EFA deficiency...”

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement

...the condition
“...Laboratory tests such as the Red Blood Cell Fatty Acid Analysis or the Fatty Acid Profile will help confirm EFA deficiency...”

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 6 Requirement

...the condition
“...Laboratory test used to confirm Omega-6 deficiency include the 'Red Blood Cell Fatty Acid Analysis' or the 'Fatty Acid Profile'...”

Elevated Bilirubin Levels

...the condition
“Bilirubin is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells.  The levels of bilirubin in the body are normally low, so elevated levels may indicate certain diseases such as those that impair liver function, bock bile ducts, or cause increased...”
...relationship to Sickle Cell Trait / Disease
“Sickle cell disease causes rapid destruction of red blood cells in the blood, leading to increased bilirubin levels.”
...relationship to Hemolytic Anemia
“Certain conditions, such as hemolytic anemia, can cause increased destruction of red blood cells and therefore increased bilirubin production.”


...the condition
“...If the body requires an increase in oxygen, the kidney produces more of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO), which acts in the bone marrow to increase the production of red blood cells.  A genetically engineered version of the hormone, called recombinant erythropoietin epoetin alfa (Epogen, Procrit, AraNESP) is used in many disorders requiring an increase in red blood...”

Enlarged Spleen

...the condition
“...The spleen can be considered a dual-purpose organ: it filters the blood and removes abnormal cells (such as old and defective red blood cells), and it makes disease-fighting components of the immune system (including antibodies and lymphocytes)...”

Essential Thrombocythemia

...the condition
“...Where symptoms are present, they may include ... Reduced red blood cell count...”


...related topic
“...Unlike a transudate, which is merely edema from lymphatic congestion, exudates contain dead cells, erythrocytes, white blood cells and often pus.”

Folic Acid a treatment
“...Folic acid will mask the B12-related anemia and early symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency by helping the synthesis of DNA and red blood cell production, but folic acid has no effect on the myelin sheath covering the nerves, so nerve damage may occur where folic acid covers up a B12 deficiency...”
...related topic
“...It has an essential role in the formation of heme (the iron containing protein in hemoglobin necessary for the formation of red blood cells) and DNA...”

Folic Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...Folic acid aids in red blood cell production by carrying the carbon molecule to the larger heme molecule, which is the iron-containing part of hemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying molecule of the red blood cells)...”

Food Poisoning

...the condition
“...According to the CDC, some 2-7% of E. coli infections, mainly in the elderly and in children under 5, can lead to Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome which causes destruction of red blood cells and kidney failure...”

Guaifenesin a treatment
“...When contrasted with other propanediol drugs used for this purpose, guaifenesin causes less destruction of red blood cells and is more soluble in water...”

Heavy Metal Toxicity

...our question about Your Mean Corpuscular Volume values
“Lead poisoning can lead to the formation of small red blood cells.”

Hemochromatosis (Iron overload)

...the condition
“...The amount of iron absorbed is influenced by the amount of iron stored in the body, the rate and effectiveness of red blood cell creation, the amount and form of iron in the diet, and the presence of iron absorption enhancers and inhibitors in the diet...”


...related topic
“The oxygen-carrying protein of the blood found in red blood cells.”


...related topic
“The breakdown of old red blood cells into recyclable constituents, with particular importance given to the reuse of the heme part of hemoglobin.”


...related topic
“Promoting the breakdown of red blood cells; a normal process, hectic and skillfully balanced, the term is usually applied to excess conditions or toxic substances that degrade the bonds between healthy red blood cells and their...”

Hemolytic Anemia

...the condition
“This is an uncommon anemia that develops when red blood cells are destroyed faster than bone marrow can replace them...”
...related topic
“Anemia caused by excessive destruction of red blood cells.”
...relationship to Malaria
“Malaria may cause anemia because of the loss of red blood cells.”

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

...the condition
“Alternative names: Hamburger Disease Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a rare condition characterized by destruction of red blood cells, damage to the lining of blood vessel walls, and, in severe cases, kidney failure...”


...our question about Your Mean Corpuscular Volume values
“Chronic hepatitis can cause enlarged red blood cells.”


...the condition
“...Blood tests indicate decreases in white blood cells, red blood cells, or platelets...”

IP6 - Inositol Hexaphosphate a treatment
“...Independently, IP6 regulates the oxygen capacity of our red blood cells; it reduces both cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as preventing heart damage during a heart attack...”


...related topic
“...Virtually all of the oxygen used by cells in the life process are brought to the cells by the hemoglobin of red blood cells.  Iron is a small but most vital, component of the hemoglobin in 20,000 billion red blood cells, of which 115 million are formed every minute...”

Iron Deficiency Anemia

...the condition
“ iron available for the production of hemoglobin – this is true iron deficiency anemia) or relative (the iron is present in storage in the marrow but other reasons prevent its incorporation into red blood cells).  The average amount of iron in the average adult male is 4gm and in the average adult female 2.5gm...”

Iron Requirement

...the condition
“...It is an essential element for the formation of hemoglobin of red blood cells; about 60-70% of iron is contained in hemoglobin...”


...the condition
“...During the normal breakdown of old red blood cells, their hemoglobin is converted into bilirubin...”
...relationship to Malaria
“Malaria can cause jaundice through the loss of red blood cells.”

Kidney Cancer

...the condition
“...Laboratory tests may also be performed, including: Urinalysis; Blood tests to detect Anemia (too few red blood cells; caused by internal bleeding, a common cancer symptom); Polycythemia (too many red blood cells; sometimes caused by cancerous tumors in the kidney that trigger the release of...”


...the condition
“...For all types of leukemia, transfusions of red blood cells or platelets help to maintain adequate levels...”

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

...the condition
“...The 11 criteria used for the diagnosis of lupus ... Hematologic disorder – Hemolytic anemia (low red blood cell count) or leukopenia (white blood cell count <4,000/uL), lymphopenia (<1,500/uL) or thrombocytopenia (<100,000/uL) in the absence of offending drug...”
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Maca a treatment
“...Maca is rich in iron and helps restore red blood cells, which in turn helps with anemia and cardiovascular diseases...”


...the condition
“...The parasites leave the liver and enter red blood cells; this may take as little as 8 days or as many as several months...”


...related topic
“An abnormally large nucleated red blood cell found especially in people having pernicious anemia or certain vitamin deficiencies.”

Megaloblastic Anemia

...related topic
“A condition in which the bone marrow produces large, abnormal, immature red blood cells (megaloblasts)...”

Megaloblastic Anemia / Pernicious Anemia

...the condition
“...Megaloblastic anemias are somewhat rare blood disorders characterized by the presence of large, structurally and visually abnormal, immature red blood cells (megaloblasts)...”

Mineral Testing a treatment
“...Red blood cell (RBC) mineral levels are often offered as a package where many minerals, both toxic and nutritional, are tested for at one time...”

Multiple Myeloma

...the condition
“...Fatigue – As the number of malignant plasma cells increases in the bone marrow, the growth and development of red blood cells in the bone marrow may be suppressed, leading to low levels of red blood cells in the blood (anemia)...”

Myelodysplastic Syndrome

...the condition
“...It contains immature cells, called stem cells, which can develop into the red blood cells that carry oxygen through the body, as well as the white blood cells that fight infection, and the platelets that help with blood clotting...”

Myeloproliferative Neoplasm

...the condition
“...Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorder; previously known as Myeloproliferative Disease (MPD) Myeloproliferative disorders are a group of slow-growing blood cancers in which large numbers of abnormal red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets grow in the bone marrow and circulate in the blood...”


...the condition
“...The Food and Drug Administration has now approved blood cell growth factors that increase the production of neutrophils, red blood cells, and platelets for the treatment of neutropenia, anemia, and thrombocytopenia, respectively...”

Nutritional Deficiency Anemia

...the condition
“...Starvation leads to an overall failure to make new red blood cells, for lack of raw material...”


...the condition
“...Diagnostic laboratory testing includes a complete blood count (CBC), the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), and blood cultures...”


...the condition
“...It is characterized by an increase in the number of red blood cells (erythrocytosis) and hemoglobin concentration in the blood...”

Ozone / Oxidative Therapy a treatment
“...They increase red blood cell membrane flexibility and effectiveness...”


...related topic
“...There are fewer red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets...”

Para Aminobenzoic Acid

...related topic
“...As a coenzyme, PABA functions in the breakdown and utilization of proteins and in the formation of red blood cells.”

Parasite Infection

...our question about Your Mean Corpuscular Volume values
“Fish tapeworm infestation can cause enlarged red blood cells.”

Pernicious Anemia

...related topic
“...The body cannot make enough red blood cells due to lack of vitamin B12.”

Polycythemia Vera

...the condition
“Alternative names: PV The excessive numbers of red blood cells produced in polycythemia vera increases the volume of blood and makes it thicker so that it flows less easily through small blood vessels...”

Poor/Slow Wound Healing

...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“B-vitamins are needed for cell proliferation and for the replacement and maturation of red blood cells lost through bleeding...”

Potassium Need

...the condition
“...Serum levels are a fair indicator of potassium status, but the best indicator of intracellular potassium is RBC (red blood cell) potassium...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“...Indeed, testing has revealed that a child's visual acuity directly correlated with the mother's level of DHA in her red blood cells.  According to an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, healthy full-term infants who are breast-fed for at least four months show greater visual perception skills at...”

Premenstrual Syndrome

...relationship to Magnesium Requirement
“...Red Blood Cell magnesium levels in PMS patients have been shown to be significantly lower than in normal subjects...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...relationship to Copper Toxicity
“Elevated estrogen levels often increase serum copper levels to more than double normal values, while at the same time red blood cell levels, where copper is important, may actually be lower...”


...related topic
“...It manifests largely in the red blood cells, which accumulate large amounts of protoporphyrin...”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...the condition
“...Other common tests include some that indicate the degree or severity of inflammation in the body (the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, or C-reactive protein), a white blood cell count, and a blood test for anemia...”

Shortness Of Breath

...the condition
“...of inflammatory cells in the body); TB (Tuberculosis); Arrhythmias (heart rhythm problems); Heart failure; Cardiomyopathy (chronic disease of the heart muscle); Anemia (an abnormally low level of red blood cells.  which carry oxygen); Guillain-Barre syndrome; Myasthenia gravis; Breathing difficulty can be described as uncomfortable breathing; an inability to get enough air; a feeling of...”

Sickle Cell Anemia

...related topic
“Sickle Cell Anemia is a serious hereditary form of anemia in which red blood cells develop abnormally into a distorted, less flexible crescent shape which can stick to vessel walls and cause blockage...”

Sickle Cell Trait / Disease

...the condition
“Sickle Cell anemia is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders...”
...our question about Duration of current abdominal pain
“...The sickle-shaped red blood cells block blood vessels, restricting blood and oxygen supply to various tissues, causing pain.”

Sideroblastic Anemia

...the condition
“Sideroblastic anemia is a term used to describe a group of rare blood disorders characterized by the bone marrow's inability to manufacture normal red blood cells.  Although some sideroblastic anemias are hereditary, most are acquired and are associated with drugs (alcohol, isoniazid, chloramphenicol, cytotoxic agents, and other vitamin B6...”


...related topic
“A disease of the blood characterized by the production of red blood cells (erythrocytes), that are sphere-shaped, rather than donut-shaped...”


...related topic
“...It destroys old red blood cells, produces lymphocytes and plasma cells, and stores blood...”


...related topic
“...Splenomegaly is often associated with viral hepatitis, mononucleosis, typhoid fever and abnormally high levels of red blood cells or platelets.”

Subphrenic Abscess

...the condition
“...Blood tests (including CBC with white blood cell differential, erythrocyte sedimentation rate) show a leukocytosis and the patient may be anemic...”

Tendency Toward Postpartum Depression

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“US scientists found low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, in mother's milk and in the red blood cells of women with postpartum depression...”

Test Folic Acid Levels a treatment
“...When trying to uncover the cause of an anemia, an RBC folate assay should be performed instead as it more accurately reflects folate levels at the time the RBC was produced.”

Test for Urine Kryptopyrroles a treatment
“Elevated kryptopyrrole levels result from an abnormality in hemoglobin (the protein that holds iron in red blood cells).  Kryptopyrrole has no known function in the body, but it is excreted in urine...”


...the condition
“...(b) The loss of two genes (two-gene deletion alpha thalassemia) produces a condition with small red blood cells, and at most a mild anemia...”

Urinalysis a treatment
“...If the sample contained many red blood cells, it would be cloudy as well as red...”

Vinpocetine a treatment
“...Finally, elevated levels of red blood cells, as occurs in dehydration and certain lung and kidney diseases, can make the blood thicker and more resistant to easy flow...”

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine) a treatment
“...It plays an important role in the burning of fats and carbohydrates to produce energy, as well as in the formation of healthy red blood cells, and the maintenance of the myelin sheaths that protect our nerves...”

Vitamin B12 Requirement

...the condition
“Alternative names: Cobalamin Your body needs vitamin B12 in order to create healthy red blood cells; it is absorbed through the intestines from a variety of foods...”

Vitamin B2 Requirement

...the condition
“...Riboflavin is also necessary for red blood cell formation, antibody production, and growth...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...role in glycolysis (extracting energy from carbohydrate and glucose), are important in fatty acid synthesis and in the deamination (nitrogen removal) of amino acids, are needed in the formation of red blood cells and steroids, and are helpful in the metabolism of some drugs and toxins...”

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) a treatment
“...Pyridoxine also aids in maintaining sodium and potassium balance and promotes red blood cell formation...”

Vitamin B6 Requirement

...our question about Your Mean Corpuscular Volume values
“Pyridoxine-responsive anemia is indicated by small red blood cells.”

Vitamin B-Complex Requirement

...the condition
“...Riboflavin is necessary for red blood cell formation, antibody production, and growth...”

Vitamin C

...related topic
“...Vitamin C is important for maintenance of bones, teeth, collagen and blood vessels (capillaries), enhances iron absorption and red blood cell formation, helps in the utilization of carbohydrates and synthesis of fats and proteins, aids in fighting bacterial infections, and interacts with other nutrients...”

Vitamin C Requirement

...the condition
“...It helps the body build and maintain collagen; heal wounds and bruises; keep the immune system healthy; maintain healthy bones, teeth, gums, red blood cells, and blood vessels; repair bone fractures...”

Vitamin E

...related topic
“...It helps protect red blood cells and is important for the proper function of nerves and muscles...”

Weakened Immune System

...the condition
“...Our blood consists mainly of plasma and red blood cells, but also platelets and white blood cells (also called leukocytes or just WBC)...”

Zinc Requirement

...the condition
“...Whilst some of these have a well-known, identifiable function familiar to us, such as calcium for bone strength and iron for healthy red blood cells, zinc has no single clear action but instead performs a number of important functions in the body...”

Zinc Toxicity

...relationship to Manganese Requirement
“An insidious effect of excess zinc over a period of years is the reduction of serum manganese, 90% of which is contained in the erythrocytes.”
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