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How can I build white blood cells with food?

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Simply eating a balanced, healthy diet will support your body in building white blood cells. There are no specific foods you can eat that will speed up the process.

Making white blood cells requires a supply of nutrients, including amino acids and purines. Beans, peas, spinach, and lean protein (like chicken and fish) are rich in these nutrients. However, even relatively poor diets provide adequate material to make a normal white blood cell count, unless something else is wrong.

A low white blood cell count (leukopenia) is not due to inadequate nutrition, except possibly in cases of extreme starvation. People with leukopenia have either a high rate of destruction of white blood cells, or the body is limited in making them for some other reason.

Eating a healthy diet won’t build white blood cells faster, but does have many other health benefits.

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