Vitamins are best obtained from good healthy food. This being said, there are a few vitamins that are difficult to keep at sufficient levels due to the demands of blood production, so doctors often recommend supplements for people who are low in these vitamins. The following supplements should be okay, but, always read the ingredients on the label to make sure they are still okay. If capsules have things on my avoid list in them, take them apart and sprinkle the contents on food and discard the capsule.
NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine) – This is a great supplement for those with G6PD deficiency. It helps keep the liver healthy and is a precursor to glutathione (a substance G6PD deficient people have difficulty producing and is essential for red blood cell health). Taking glutathione doesn’t seem to help the glutathione levels in our red blood cells, but NAC does.
Vitamin B complex – the B vitamins are essential to producing red blood cells. Especially B6, B12 and Folic Acid. I recommend finding a good all natural B complex vitamin that has nothing else added (like vitamin C, iron or soy products). Take them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
For a list of vitamins safe for G6PDD, please click here.
We recommend that you read all labels and avoid taking any multi-vitamin supplement. Many man made vitamins are derived from soy or some other substance on the avoid lists. Most all of these formula include iron and ascorbic acid (see Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and The Good and Bad about Iron) Sometimes the oils are obtained by using hexane (a dangerous petrochemical that causes nerve damage as well as hemolysis).
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