Hyssop tea may help prevent the breakdown of red blood cells, in line with the test tube research reported in the July 2012 issue of the journal ‘Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica.’ Hyssop leaves are far better, able to protect red blood cells from oxidative destruction than stems or flowers. A comparative analysis of antioxidants in four separate medicinal herbs found that Hyssop is the strongest in one group of antioxidant activity and also the second strongest in another group. Other herbs in the study included English violet, colchicum, and boxwood.
Disease that are impacted by red blood cellsWhile there are many different types, below are some of the more commonly seen red blood cell disorders.
Anemia is one type of red blood cell disorder. A lack of the mineral iron in your blood commonly causes this disorder. Your body needs iron to produce the protein hemoglobin, which helps your red blood cells (RBCs) carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body.
Sickle cell Anemia
Sickle cell anemia is the most common type of inherited blood disorders. Healthy blood cells are fluid in shape so they can easily pass through the small blood vessels in the body. In people with sickle cell, their red blood cells are shaped like a half moon (or a sickle), so they have difficulty flowing into the small blood vessels and often get blocked. The lack of blood flow can cause pain, infection, and problems with organs not receiving the adequate amount of blood.
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin which results in large numbers of red blood cells being destroyed, which leads to anemia. A blood test is used to diagnose thalassemia and during a physical exam, the doctor will often look for an enlarged spleen
Erythrocytosis is a rare inherited blood disorder where the body produces too many red blood cells. The excess red blood cells increase the risk for blood clots which could prevent blood flow to major organs such as the heart, lungs, or brain. While the prevalence of erythrocytosis is unknown, researchers found the cause of one type to be genetic mutations involving one or more genes. There are two types of erythrocytosis. Familial erythrocytosis is where a person inherits the disorder, and non-familial erythrocytosis is where a person acquires the disease later in life. Non-familial erythrocystosis can be caused from long term exposure to high altitude, chronic lung or heart disease, sleep apnea, chronic smoking, or certain types of tumors.
Erythrocytosis can sometimes lead to other more serious conditions such as polycythemia vera. Polycythemia vera is a genetically acquired blood cancer in which your body makes too many blood cells. It is a slow growing type of blood cancer, but if left untreated, it can result in a more serious type of cancer such as leukemia. Treatment for erythrocytosis will vary according to the severity or progression of the disorder. Treatments may include a phlebotomy (withdrawing blood to decrease the volume), a low-dose aspirin regimen, or medications to decrease blood cells.