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The haematinics are nutrients that are required by the body for erythropoiesis, i.e. the production of red blood cells 1,2.
List of haematinics
Clinically, the most important haematinics are vitamin B12, iron and folic acid because deficiency states of these three substances are much more common than for any other haematinic. However, a more accurate and comprehensive list contains all the nutrients important for effective erythropoiesis.
- vitamin B12
- folic acid
- riboflavin (vitamin B2)
- vitamin A
- vitamin B6
- vitamin C
- vitamin E
- nicotinic acid (vitamin B3)
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