Preventing and controlling diseasesVitamins and minerals to maintain healthVitamin supplements to prevent diseasesDiets to control and/or treat diseases

You can prevent some forms of vitamin deficiency anemias by choosing a healthy diet that includes a variety of foods. Foods rich in folate include: Dark green leafy vegetables Nuts Enriched grain products, such as bread, cereal, pasta and rice Fruits and fruit juices Foods rich in vitamin B-12 include: Eggs Fortified foods, such as breakfast cereals Milk, cheese and yogurt Red and white meats and shellfish Foods rich in vitamin C include: Broccoli Citrus fruits and juices Strawberries Sweet peppers Tomatoes Most adults need these daily dietary amounts of the following vitamins: Vitamin B-12, 2.4 micrograms (mcg) Folate or folic acid, 400 mcg Vitamin C, 75 to 90 milligrams Pregnant and breast-feeding women may require more of each vitamin. Consider a multivitamin If you're concerned about getting enough vitamins from the food you eat, ask your doctor whether a multivitamin may be right for you. Most people get enough vitamins from the foods they eat. But if your diet is restricted, you may wish to take a multivitamin. Don't smoke Smoking interferes with the absorption of nutrients, such as vitamin C, so it can raise your risk of a vitamin deficiency. If you smoke, quit. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you've tried to quit on your own and haven't been successful, talk with your doctor about strategies to help you quit. Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all Alcohol can contribute to vitamin deficiency anemia. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. For healthy adults, moderate drinking is generally considered to be: Two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger One drink a day for men older than age 65 One drink a day for women of any age A drink is 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1.5 ounces (44 milliliters) of 80-proof distilled spirits.