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Can I...Should I drink that?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Alright I'm going to sound like a vampire here but I hope this paleo community is open-minded enough to get this.

I am anemic. I haven't been tested because I dislike doctors but I lose about 12 ounces of blood every month and this month was even worse. Along with the usual fatigue and pale skin, I've been dizzy and have been getting constant headaches. I usually take an iron supplement but hadn't in a couple months.

I crave weird stuff when I'm low on iron. In the past I have eaten dirt that smelt metallic while on a hike but mostly I stay civil and eat raw oysters or a bloody steak. I do eat liver but it is way more appetizing when its raw...in all that blood. My confession is I would just love to drink that blood. Not just from a liver package but from steak or beef cuts...

Besides potentially turning into a bat and being repelled by garlic, is that a bad idea? Should I assume there bacteria in the blood like you are supposed to with ground beef? I buy local grass-fed beef that is kept frozen and thawed out in the fridge. It seems safe but I wanted some opinions.

Thanks!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 15, 2013
at 10:32 PM

Pardon me for trying to help, then. Carry on.

5e4c221c4d7a2895d34d28e80d9a4380

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on March 15, 2013
at 10:25 PM

My only question was if I can drink the myoglobin-liquid in beef packs without getting sick or a parasite. I added the anemic part to help give some background/explain my deep lusting to try this.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 15, 2013
at 10:04 PM

That's definitely relevant details that would have changed my response. Not having been to the doctor or being tested -recently- is much different than not having been tested.

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on March 15, 2013
at 08:39 PM

It'll be in the "Asian people eat weird shit" aisle

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on March 15, 2013
at 08:39 PM

^They do, Dan. In Asian groceries you can often find pig blood in a jar for about 2 bucks.

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on March 14, 2013
at 05:01 AM

Wouldn't it be cool if they sold bottles of blood as a health drink?

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

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on March 14, 2013
at 01:04 AM

In my op I wasn't meaning to encourage op to drink straight blood though, just to get that straight.

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

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on March 14, 2013
at 01:04 AM

Really? Aww phooey. Well, never mind then.

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on March 14, 2013
at 12:07 AM

There's no blood left inside a steak. It's just meat juices released by the cooking process.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 14, 2013
at 12:00 AM

Agreed. My parents refuse to eat organ meats for religious reasons, citing that their religion does not allow blood drinking, and says that organ means cannot be drained the way that muscle meats can. Don't know if the part about organ meat drainage is true, but draining the muscle meats certainly is, and having slaughtered their own animals many times, I'm sure they would know.

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on March 13, 2013
at 11:53 PM

The red liquid from a cooked steak is *not* blood.

5e4c221c4d7a2895d34d28e80d9a4380

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on March 13, 2013
at 11:52 PM

Cool! I think I may need to eat more oysters after hearing about that study. When I crave oysters they need to be raw but I eat tinned oysters nearly every week. The whole oysters have a much more dramatic effect on my mood/energy compared to the ones in a tin.

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on March 13, 2013
at 11:47 PM

Why did you stop supplementing? If your anemia can't be corrected by food alone (and it's at the point where you've got pica), maybe a regular supplement would be a good idea? (I probably wouldn't drink blood unless it's SUPER fresh... like, still warm. It's a fantastic growth medium for bacteria, and it's hard to know just how clean the slaughterhouse/butcher are.)

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 13, 2013
at 11:55 PM

Just for the record, a "nice bloody steak" really isn't - meats have been nearly completely drained of blood by the time they are packaged after butchering. The red liquid you see after cooking or thawing is mostly likely myoglobin. Like hemoglobin, it also binds iron, and that's why it's red - but it's not blood. The one outlier is hearts, which often have little hidden pockets of congealed blood in their chambers.

If you want to try blood, blood sausage or black pudding is a likely food you could acquire.

Summary: you are not drinking/eating blood.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 14, 2013
at 12:00 AM

Agreed. My parents refuse to eat organ meats for religious reasons, citing that their religion does not allow blood drinking, and says that organ means cannot be drained the way that muscle meats can. Don't know if the part about organ meat drainage is true, but draining the muscle meats certainly is, and having slaughtered their own animals many times, I'm sure they would know.

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on March 14, 2013
at 12:14 AM

i've gotten 3 blood tranfusions in the past few months and i asked the nurses about whether drinking the blood would be as affective as getting it through your veins. she said no because your body would just digest it like any other food and is not designed to stay in your body.

i'm like you though. if i could drink blood and it help me not be anemic, i would in a heartbeat. i hate relying on other people's blood.

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on March 16, 2013
at 07:06 AM

Coconut water has nearly identical properties to blood plasma and has helped a friend of mine avoid transfusions. Good luck!

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/27/coconut-water-ultimate-rehydrator.aspx

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on March 15, 2013
at 11:41 PM

Masai drink fresh blood and raw milk. Perhaps you could make an arrangement with a local farmer.

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on March 15, 2013
at 11:18 PM

Hello, I am new here but had to post as I've researched this myself and am going to school currently to be a dietician . This practice is actually common among Hunter gathering tribes not only in the past but current in many parts of Africa and I'm sure else where as well. They make a small puncture in an a goat, pig or some other animal. Since your craving iron to sicka debe that ur manifesting pica symptoms I would encourage you to read aajonus vonderplanuts primal eating book as well as researching weston price research into traditional foods. If you get organic grass fed pasture feed foods there is absolutely no harm in eating raw animal foods, or ancestors did and we are here BECAUSE of those very reasons.

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5e4c221c4d7a2895d34d28e80d9a4380

on March 15, 2013
at 09:50 PM

Sara: I stopped taking an iron supplement because I thought my diet would cover it. I'm a pretty recent paleo-convert. Like I've said, I'm an oyster-fiend and I do eat liver. On top of that I've been eating red meat ever second day the last three months or so. I guess I still need more Fe on top of that. Crazy.

greymouser: Dude, I had no idea. I mean, I knew meats are drained but I thought the red liquid from steak or liver was blood. I'm going to have fun breaking macho-steak-guys balls with that one.

Luckie: I know I'm anemic from current symptoms, past blood test (4/5 come back either low iron or "hey, you have anemia") and family history of menorrhagia. Most of the women in my family have had a hysterectomy in their 20s or 30s and those that still have a uterus are anemic. Yay. 12 ounces is actually an underestimate. I have gone to the doctor over 20 times about reproductive problems and have had one surgery. I haven't been to the doctor in a couple years. I don't need them to tell me what I already know (that I'm totally boned reproductive-wise...and not in the good way). Probably shouldn't pass these genes on anyway.

I have been interested in hunting and read some stuff about drinking/eating dry blood. It sounds like the best way is to let it evaporate it in a shallow dish and crumble it. Now that I know the stuff in the beef packages isn't blood I'm sure it wouldn't coagulate or dry like blood. However, it still has iron that excites my senses.

I read on another forum that eating raw liver that has been frozen for a couple weeks should be fairly safe on the parasite-side of things. Bacteria probably wouldn't be an issue. Probably same goes for that myoglobin-stuff. I'm going to experiment and probably visit a Chinese Supermarket. I need to try this blood sausage and black pudding stuff too!

Thanks! :)

5e4c221c4d7a2895d34d28e80d9a4380

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on March 15, 2013
at 10:25 PM

My only question was if I can drink the myoglobin-liquid in beef packs without getting sick or a parasite. I added the anemic part to help give some background/explain my deep lusting to try this.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on March 15, 2013
at 10:32 PM

Pardon me for trying to help, then. Carry on.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on March 15, 2013
at 10:04 PM

That's definitely relevant details that would have changed my response. Not having been to the doctor or being tested -recently- is much different than not having been tested.

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on March 14, 2013
at 12:40 AM

How about black pudding? A tasty way to get some blood, with a side of eggs and bacon.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 13, 2013
at 11:58 PM

I would go with NO on the blood drinking. Straight blood, in significant quantity, will cause nausea. I'm a dental professional, and a lot of times after a child accidentally knocks teeth out, or after complex oral surgery or hard to remove wisdom teeth for adults, they'll be sick the next day from swallowing blood. And that's just from what they swallow inadvertently.

If you have not been tested, it's hard to know if you're anemic or not. And if you're losing that much blood each month, though I have no idea how you'd know that you are, that's a problem. If you are referring to menstruation, that really isn't that much blood, it just looks like it when mixed with the other fluids and tissues.

You should see a medical professional. I know we're not all about conventional wisdom here, but that doesn't mean that going to a doctor is automatically a bad thing.

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370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

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on March 13, 2013
at 11:46 PM

Im borderline anemic too and I love the blood in a steak! I get called vampire often.

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on March 14, 2013
at 01:04 AM

Really? Aww phooey. Well, never mind then.

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

(1365)

on March 14, 2013
at 12:07 AM

There's no blood left inside a steak. It's just meat juices released by the cooking process.

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on March 14, 2013
at 01:04 AM

In my op I wasn't meaning to encourage op to drink straight blood though, just to get that straight.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 13, 2013
at 11:53 PM

The red liquid from a cooked steak is *not* blood.

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on March 13, 2013
at 11:35 PM

I don't recommend eating dirt, but feel free to make use of as much of an animal as you see fit—marrow, blood, and all. Vitamin C helps with iron absorption, so meat and vegetables seems to be the way to go.

By the way, have you tried blood sausage? Delicious!

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on March 13, 2013
at 11:31 PM

I was about to recommend oysters and then I got to the part where you've been eating them. I found a cool study from the 30s where they induced anemia in rats via a milk diet and then corrected it with oysters (in a matter of weeks). I personally wouldn't eat them raw, but however you eat them, eat them frequently. As for the blood, it's probably fine but you'd still want to cook it to stay on the safe side.

5e4c221c4d7a2895d34d28e80d9a4380

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on March 13, 2013
at 11:52 PM

Cool! I think I may need to eat more oysters after hearing about that study. When I crave oysters they need to be raw but I eat tinned oysters nearly every week. The whole oysters have a much more dramatic effect on my mood/energy compared to the ones in a tin.

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