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Deficiency of one, or a combination of nutrients can contribute to anemia. Dietary elements that are important for anemia are tabled below, together with corresponding lists of food for anemia prevention.

What nutrient deficiencies can lead to anemia :
Choline   |   More on Choline
Deficiency of choline can cause anemia symptoms. Causes anemia arising from lack of red blood cell formation, as a cell membrane component, phosphatidylcholine, needs choline for its production.

Other symptoms that may indicate deficiency of Choline :
Ch.01 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia impaired fat metabolism, resulting in lower blood levels of VLDL that is used to transport fats
Ch.02 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia fatty build-up in the liver, which may lead to liver damage, cirrhosis, or fatty degeneration
Ch.03 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia raised levels of cholesterol or triglycerides
Ch.04 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia high blood pressure (hypertension)
Ch.05 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia high blood levels of homocysteine, leading to risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular problems
Ch.06 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia respiratory distress in newborns, nerve degeneration, or nerve-muscle imbalances due to insufficient acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter)
Ch.08 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia kidney hemorrhage or kidneys unable to concentrate urine
Ch.09 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia abnormal bone formation
Ch.10 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia impaired growth in newborns
Ch.11 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia fatigue
Ch.12 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia insomnia
Ch.13 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia infertility
Ch.14 Deficiency symptoms for Choline-anemia impaired memory or brain function or senile dementia (shortage of acetylcholine in the brain has been associated with Alzheimer's)

Choline rich food for anemia diet · lecithin (usually derived from soybeans) · soybeans and soybean products · egg (fresh, not powdered) · wheat germ.

Folic Acid   |   More on Folic Acid
Deficiency of folic acid leads to anemia. Symptoms / causes : megaloblastic macrocytic anemia due to DNA defects, leading to red blood cells that are defective and carry less oxygen than normal, and characterized by breathlessness, heart palpitation, insomnia, irritability, forgetfulness, lethargy, stomach disorders, pallor and sensitivity to cold.

Other symptoms that may indicate deficiency of Folic Acid :
FA.02 Deficiency symptoms for Folic-Acid-anemia chronic muscular fatigue or general weakness
FA.03 Deficiency symptoms for Folic-Acid-anemia affects production of neurotransmitters, leading to symptoms of irritability, hostility, non-senile dementia, confusion, insomnia, mental fatigue, depression, and restless leg syndrome
FA.04 Deficiency symptoms for Folic-Acid-anemia skin disorders like seborrheic dermatitis and vitiligo (loss of pigment leading to white patches on the skin)
FA.05 Deficiency symptoms for Folic-Acid-anemia gastrointestinal tract problems like periodontal disease, gingivitis, mouth and peptic ulcers, and digestive upsets
FA.06 Deficiency symptoms for Folic-Acid-anemia swollen or sore or smooth red tongue (glossitis)
FA.07 Deficiency symptoms for Folic-Acid-anemia cervical dysplasia, leading to greater risk of cervical cancer from factors such as smoking and HPV infection
FA.08 Deficiency symptoms for Folic-Acid-anemia premature grey hair
FA.09 Deficiency symptoms for Folic-Acid-anemia higher blood levels of homocysteine and risk of heart disease
FA.10 Deficiency symptoms for Folic-Acid-anemia deficiency can slow overall growth rate of infants and children
FA.11 Deficiency symptoms for Folic-Acid-anemia low birth weight or premature infants, and neural tube defects resulting in severe brain or neurological damage of the fetus

High Folic Acid food for anemia diet · organ meat like animal liver or kidney · legumes (peas and dried beans such as adzuki beans, black beans, cranberry beans, chickpeas or garbanzo beans, dal, kidney beans, lentils, mung beans, navy beans, pinto beans) · dark-green leafy vegetables including asparagus, beets, broccoli, collard greens, cauliflower, mustard greens, parsley, romaine lettuce, spinach, turnip greens.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)   |   More on Vitamin B2
Deficiency of vitamin B2 can lead to anemia. Symptoms / causes :
sickle cell anemia or iron deficiency anemia symptoms; research shows riboflavin levels tend to be low in such cases and that supplementation may improve their response to iron therapy.

Other symptoms that may indicate deficiency of Vitamin B2 :
VB02.01 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B2-anemia dermatitis
VB02.02 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B2-anemia peeling of skin around the nose
VB02.03 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B2-anemia cracks or sores at corners of mouth or on lips
VB02.04 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B2-anemia swollen or sore throat
VB02.05 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B2-anemia shiny red-purple or inflamed or sore tongue
VB02.06 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B2-anemia loss of sense of taste
VB02.07 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B2-anemia loss of appetite
VB02.08 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B2-anemia damage to the fetus during pregnancy
VB02.10 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B2-anemia nervousness or irritability or depression due to nerve damage
VB02.11 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B2-anemia eyes that burn or itch or are bloodshot, or sensitive to bright light

High Vitamin B2 food for anemia diet · animal liver · mushroom · spinach.

Vitamin B6   |   More on Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 deficiency can lead to anemia symptoms. Causes hypochromic microcytic anemia, as vitamin B6 is critical in the formation of healthy red blood cells.

Other symptoms that may indicate deficiency of Vitamin B6 :
VB06.01 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia skin disorders such as eczema or dermatitis
VB06.02 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia cracks or sores on lips or mouth
VB06.03 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia inflammation of mucous membranes of the mouth or tongue
VB06.04 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia nerve related problems including convulsions and seizures
VB06.05 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia arm and leg cramps or numbness of hands and feet
VB06.06 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia irritability or mood abnormalities
VB06.07 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia depression
VB06.08 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia nausea or dizziness
VB06.09 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia migraine headaches
VB06.11 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia chronic fatigue or muscle weakness
VB06.12 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia increased susceptibility to infections
VB06.13 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B6-anemia asthma

High Vitamin B6 food for anemia diet · bananas · bell peppers · chick peas · potatoes (baked with skin) · prune juice · raw rice bran · turnip greens · spinach.

Vitamin B12   |   More on Vitamin B12
Deficiency of vitamin B12 can result in anemia. Symptoms / causes : megaloblastic or pernicious anemia characterized by fatigue, weakness, diarrhea, weight loss, pale skin, sore red tongue or mouth.

Other symptoms that may indicate deficiency of Vitamin B12 :
VB12.02 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia hypotension (low blood pressure)
VB12.03 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia loss of appetite
VB12.04 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia nerve damage symptomized by tingling and numbness in the hands and feet, loss of balance, unsteady movement
VB12.05 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia heart palpitations
VB12.06 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia confusion, disorientation or hallucinations
VB12.07 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia irritability, depression, or other mood disturbances
VB12.08 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia memory loss or dementia
VB12.09 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia associated with Alzheimer's disease
VB12.10 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia dandruff
VB12.11 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia vision problems
VB12.12 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia higher blood levels of homocysteine which increases risk of heart attacks and strokes
VB12.13 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia associated with breast cancer
VB12.14 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-B12-anemia retarded growth, movement disorders and anemia in infants

High Vitamin B12 food for anemia diet · animal liver · fish like cod, halibut, herring, mackerel, salmon, snapper, trout.

Vitamin C   |   More on Vitamin C
Deficiency of vitamin C can give rise to anemia.  Symptoms / causes : iron deficiency anemia symptoms, due to the importance of vitamin C in helping the body absorb iron.

Other symptoms that may indicate deficiency of Vitamin C :
VC.01 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia easy bruising and small spots of bleeding under the skin (which appear as pink spots on the skin)
VC.02 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia swollen or painful joints or bones
VC.03 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia slow-healing wounds and fractures
VC.04 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia nosebleeds
VC.05 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia spongy, swollen, bleeding gums and loose teeth
VC.06 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia teeth decay easily
VC.07 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia dry brittle hair
VC.08 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia dry rough scaly skin
VC.10 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia fatigue or lethargy or muscle weakness
VC.11 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia loss of appetite
VC.12 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia recurrent colds and infections
VC.13 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia atherosclerosis
VC.14 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-C-anemia possible weight gain due to slower metabolism

High Vitamin C food for anemia diet · guava · lychees / litchis · papayas · strawberries · vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, mustard greens, bell peppers, turnip greens, spinach.

Vitamin E   |   More on Vitamin E
Deficiency of vitamin E can result in anemia symptoms. Causes anemia due to loss of red blood cells from oxidative damage.

Other symptoms that may indicate deficiency of Vitamin E :
VE.01 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-E-anemia loss of appetite
VE.02 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-E-anemia nausea
VE.04 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-E-anemia weak immune system
VE.05 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-E-anemia eye problems such as cataracts or degeneration of the retina
VE.06 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-E-anemia angina (severe chest pains) in males
VE.07 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-E-anemia weakness in muscles and limbs, and sometimes muscle cramps, stiffness or spasms
VE.08 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-E-anemia damage to nerves characterized by numbness and tingling or burning sensations in the arms, legs, hands or feet
VE.09 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-E-anemia lack of coordination of muscle movements characterized by jerkiness, clumsiness or instability
VE.10 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-E-anemia digestive tract problems such as liver or gallbladder disorders that result in poor absorption of food
VE.11 Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin-E-anemia miscarriages, uterine or testicular deterioration, decreased fertility

Vitamin E rich food for anemia diet · cold-pressed vegetable oils (such as sunflower, soybean, safflower) · wheat germ oil · dark green leafy vegetables such as chard, mustard greens, spinach, turnip greens.

Copper   |   More on Copper
Deficiency of copper can lead to anemia. Symptoms / causes : sideroblastic anemia (characterized by lack of improvement with iron therapy alone as it is due to defective iron utilization rather than insufficient iron) as copper is needed for the mobilization of iron.

Other symptoms that may indicate deficiency of Copper :
Cu.01 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia early symptoms are osteoporosis, osteopenia (lower bone mineral density than normal, but not as low as for osteoporosis) and joint problems
Cu.02 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia retarded growth or abnormalities in bone development in infants and young children
Cu.04 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia loss of skin or hair color
Cu.05 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia impaired immune function that may lead to frequent infections
Cu.06 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia impaired nerve function that may lead to taste insensitivity and lack of physical coordination
Cu.07 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia inelastic blood vessels that rupture easily
Cu.08 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels
Cu.09 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia irregular heart beat
Cu.10 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia breathing difficulties
Cu.11 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia skin sores
Cu.12 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia hypothyroidism
Cu.13 Deficiency symptoms for Copper-anemia Menkes disease that occurs mostly in male infants, characterized by sparse greyish or colorless twisted hair, and floppy muscle tone

Copper rich food for anemia diet · cashew nuts · dried beans like soybeans, adzuki beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), lentils, lima, navy beans · dried spirulina · crimini mushrooms · shiitake mushrooms · sesame seeds.

Iron   |   More on Iron
Deficiency of iron can result in anemia. Symptoms / causes : anemia resulting from insufficient red blood cells, as iron is needed for formation of hemoglobin in blood cells; iron deficiency anemia symptoms may include pale skin, cold hands and feet, whites of eyes appearing bluish, headaches, dizziness, irritability, lack of energy, extreme fatigue, rapid heartbeat, low immune function with increased susceptibility to infection, brittle nails, shortness of breath, sore or inflamed tongue or mouth, lack of appetite, blood in stools, restless legs syndrome.

Other symptoms that may indicate deficiency of Iron :
Fe.02 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia food cravings for inedible items such as ice, paint, starch, clay, or dirt
Fe.03 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia increased intestinal inflammation or irritation
Fe.04 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia depression or apathy
Fe.05 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia insomnia or disturbed sleep
Fe.06 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia decrease in ability to concentrate
Fe.07 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia impaired mental skills that can affect memory and job performance
Fe.08 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia learning disabilities and short attention spans in children
Fe.09 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia irregular menstrual periods
Fe.10 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia brittle hair
Fe.11 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia hair loss
Fe.12 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia nails that are spoon-shaped or that have ridges running lengthwise
Fe.13 Deficiency symptoms for Iron-anemia higher risk of lead poisoning in children

Iron rich foods for anemia diet · animal liver · blackstrap molasses · beef · eggs (especially the yolk) · shiitake mushrooms · dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, turnip greens · green beans such as winged beans, string beans · dried beans like kidney beans, lentils · soybeans and soy products, especially tofu · rice bran and wheat bran.

Manganese   |   More on Manganese
Deficiency of manganese can lead to anemia. Symptoms / causes : iron deficiency anemia symptoms, due to manganese's role in iron utilization.

Other symptoms that may indicate deficiency of Manganese :
Mn.01 Deficiency symptoms for Manganese-anemia nausea or dizziness
Mn.02 Deficiency symptoms for Manganese-anemia vomiting
Mn.03 Deficiency symptoms for Manganese-anemia skin rash
Mn.04 Deficiency symptoms for Manganese-anemia hearing loss
Mn.06 Deficiency symptoms for Manganese-anemia high blood sugar levels (impaired glucose tolerance)
Mn.07 Deficiency symptoms for Manganese-anemia blood cholesterol levels that are too low
Mn.08 Deficiency symptoms for Manganese-anemia impaired bone growth or skeletal abnormalities, especially in children
Mn.09 Deficiency symptoms for Manganese-anemia excessive bone loss and weak hair and nails
Mn.10 Deficiency symptoms for Manganese-anemia loss of hair colour
Mn.11 Deficiency symptoms for Manganese-anemia defective functioning of the reproductive system
Mn.12 Deficiency symptoms for Manganese-anemia severe deficiency in infants can cause convulsions, and even paralysis, blindness and deafness

High manganese food for anemia diet · dark green leafy vegetables (broccoli, chard, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, spinach) · avocados · pineapple · raspberries · nuts (almonds, peanuts, pecans, walnuts).

Phosphorus   |   More on Phosphorus
Deficiency of phosphorus can cause anemia.

Other symptoms that may indicate deficiency of Phosphorus :
P.01 Deficiency symptoms for Phosphorus-anemia poor bone formation and growth
P.02 Deficiency symptoms for Phosphorus-anemia rickets (bone softening) in children characterized by knock knees, bowed legs, narrowed chest, or spinal curvature
P.03 Deficiency symptoms for Phosphorus-anemia osteomalacia (bone softening) in adults that causes bones to be prone to fractures or deformities or pain
P.04 Deficiency symptoms for Phosphorus-anemia numbness and tingling of the extremities (hands and feet)
P.05 Deficiency symptoms for Phosphorus-anemia difficulty walking
P.06 Deficiency symptoms for Phosphorus-anemia increased susceptibility to infection
P.07 Deficiency symptoms for Phosphorus-anemia fatigue or muscle weakness
P.09 Deficiency symptoms for Phosphorus-anemia loss of appetite and changes to weight

Phosphorus rich food for anemia diet · cheese · milk · meat · legumes (adzuki beans, chickpeas or garbanzo beans, yellow beans, lentils) · whole grains (wheat, oats, millet, quinoa, brown rice, corn, rye).

Caution: The above is provided for information only. Any diagnosis should be confirmed by a blood test. Do not self-diagnose. Also, to avoid toxicity do not take supplements for anemia in large doses except under medical advice.

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