Crunchy Celery Salad: Good For Treating Haemophilia

World Haemophilia Day is commemorated on the 17th April. Haemophilia is a rare disorder when your blood does not clot effectively – due to a lack of blood-clotting proteins. When you have haemophilia, you may bleed for longer after an injury, for example. People with haemophilia don’t need a special diet, but they need to eat well and maintain a healthy weight. The goal is to keep your joints healthy and strong and to keep extra weight off, in order to avoid bleeding in vulnerable joints and muscles. Excessive weight puts strain on your joints, while also increasing the amount of replacement therapy needed to prevent or treat a bleed.

The hallmark of hemophilia is hemorrhage into the joints. This bleeding is painful and leads to long-term inflammation and deterioration of the joint. This results in:

  • permanent deformities
  • misalignment
  • loss of mobility
  • limbs of unequal length

The internal bleeding can damage your tissues and organs which can be life-threatening. It’s important to note that a healthy diet is not the only thing that will help you treat Haemophilia, you will also need to speak to your doctor about the condition. Gert Coetzee, pharmacist and diet pioneer who founded The Diet Everyone Talks About says that it’s important to take charge of your health when you have Haemophilia.

Below is a recipe for a Crunchy Celery Salad that tastes great and is good for people living with Haemophilia. It contains iron and calcium, and is low in saturated fats, sugars and unhealthy oils.


  • Portions: 4
  • Prep time: 10 min
  • CHD: 6 g per portion
  • kJ: 653 kJ


  • 6 Celery stalks, cut into small bits
  • 1 large Granny smith apple, chopped (treated with lemon juice)
  • 6 walnuts, chopped
  • 100 ml sour cream
  • 200 ml mayonnaise
  • 50 ml Dijon mustard
  • To taste: Salt and poppy seeds
  • Optional:  Spicy/basic chicken bites


  1. Mix all the ingredients lightly together.
  2. Chill to serve.
  3. Serve on chopped lettuce.

Click here to find out how gene therapy can be used to treat patients suffering from this condition.