• Epistaxis Diet and Nutrition

Diet and Nutrition

Though Epistaxis has got no direct correlation to food products, maintaining a healthy balanced diet and consuming a meal rich in vitamins, zinc and other minerals like iron are known to prevent nose bleed.

Vitamin K deficiency is known to cause frequent nosebleed episodes especially in children.

Foods to include in your daily diet:

  • Iron: Iron makes up an important part of our daily diet. Iron deficiency is known to cause anemia which further contributes to lethargy, bruising and blood loss causing further epistaxis. Diet rich in iron supplements like – red meat, liver, sea food like lobsters, leafy greens, nuts, dates, vegetables like carrots and beetroots etc. should be included.
  • Vitamins: Vitamins in our daily diet play an important role in maintaining the bleeding mechanisms and clotting factors in our body. Vitamin C and K are an important micronutrient which can help in preventing bleeding. Deficiency of such vitamins can lead to breakage of thin and fragile blood capillaries leading to bleeding. Diet rich in vitamins C and K include foods like oranges, limes, gooseberry, red and yellow bell peppers, canola oil, cabbage and broccoli etc.
  • Zinc: Zinc is an important nutrient which helps in maintaining the blood vessels in the body. Diet rich in zinc like chickpeas, nuts and raisins, chicken, high fibre bread, brown rice should be made a part of your diet.
  • Bioflavonoids: It is a class of antioxidants which is found in citrus fruits and is known to strengthen blood vessels thereby preventing epistaxis.