When you have low iron levels, known as anemia, you might hear the word “erythropoietin” (or EPO) mentioned. What is EPO and why does it matter?
EPO is a hormone produced by your kidneys. It is used to help make new red blood cells from bone marrow. Healthy red blood cells help carry oxygen to the body’s organs and tissues. Without enough oxygen, you feel exhausted all the time.
The kidneys trigger the release of EPO when oxygen levels are low. This signals the bone marrow to make new blood cells to help boost oxygen. Some athletes have illegally tried to use EPO boosters to increase oxygen and improve performance. Smokers or people who live at high altitudes may have elevated EPO.
Echinacea, a flowering plant known for its medicinal properties, has been shown in multiple clinical studies to naturally boost EPO levels.
An inability to produce EPO can lead to anemia, which occurs when the body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen efficiently. Anemia caused by low EPO usually occurs because of kidney disease or other chronic disease.
If you’re concerned about your EPO levels, you can have them tested. Normal EPO levels range from 3.7-36 IU/L. If levels are low, your doctor might recommend a blood transfusion or EPO-boosting medications. EPO that is too high can be an indication of kidney tumors or bone marrow disorders.
Blood transfusions are the first choice for raising EPO levels right away. Transfusions are not without side effects: They can cause iron levels to increase too much, leading to severe iron overload. Additionally, some people don’t want to or can’t have transfusions as a treatment for low EPO.
There are two medications that can be used to boost EPO production: epoetin alfa, known as Procrit® or Epogen®, and darbepoietin alfa, or Aranesp®. These medications are man-made versions of EPO. They can help stimulate the production of more red blood cells from the bone marrow, improving anemia. They are frequently used in people with low EPO levels caused by kidney disease.
EPO medications are extremely expensive and can have significant side effects, such as high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack or stroke, risk of blood clots, high hemoglobin, and they may encourage tumor growth. They should be used with caution, and people taking them should be closely monitored by a physician.
With the number of side effects involved in treating low EPO levels, you may be curious if there are any natural treatment alternatives available. The answer is YES! Echinacea, a flowering plant known for its medicinal properties, has been shown in multiple clinical studies to naturally boost EPO levels.
A 2007 study found that supplementation with 8,000 mg/day of echinacea significantly increased EPO levels after 4 weeks. A 2005 study used similar dosages for 2 weeks and found that taking echinacea increased EPO by 44.15% compared with a placebo.
Echinacea is usually well-tolerated, with few side effects — although it is important to mention that some people do have allergic reactions to echinacea.
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