Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Folic Acid Deficiency Prevention

Prevention of megaloblastic anemia includes:

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Make sure you are receiving adequate iron in your diet.
  • Take a vitamin B supplement several times a week if you take medication that reduces stomach acid.

Folic Acid Deficiency Diet

Sources of folic acid:

  • Legumes, nuts, whole grain cereals, yeast
  • Green vegetables, broccoli, asparagus, okra, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts.
  • Oranges, carrots, and cantaloupe.

Sources of B-12
  • Animal products:
    • Meat, eggs, milk
  • Vitamin supplements

Sources of thiamine
  • Dried peas, beans, legumes, peanuts, and peanut butter
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Protein-rich foods: meat
  • Wheat germ, whole grain bread and cereal

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Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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