What is folate-deficiency anemia?
Folate deficiency is the lack of folic acid in the blood, which can cause a type of anemia known as megaloblastic (pernicious) anemia. Folic acid is a B vitamin required for the production of normal red blood cells.
What causes folate-deficiency anemia?
- Insufficient intake of foods that contain folic acid like green leafy vegetables, fruits, fortified cereals and meats
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Intake of certain medications (like medicines for seizure)
- Certain diseases of the lower digestive tract (celiac disease)
Symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Pale skin
- Smooth & tender tongue
Treatment for folate-deficiency anemia:
- Vitamin and mineral supplements
- Dietary changes
- Treating the underlying cause
You may be required to take folic acid supplements along with foods high in folic acid. Reduce alcohol consumption and treat your digestive tract problems.