Consult with your healthcare provider before introducing dietary supplements into your nutrition plan.

Vitamins, Supplements, and Sources

Nutritional anemias resulting from vitamin B12, iron, or folate deficiency are common in people with stomach cancer. It is important to monitor levels of these nutrients.

Vitamin b12
Purpose: Maintains the health of nerve and blood cells and promotes red blood cell formation
Food Sources: Egg yolks, poultry, shellfish
Iron
Purpose: Makes your red blood cells able to carry oxygen to the rest of your body
Food Sources: Amaranth, asparagus, baked potato with skin, barley, beef, buckwheat, chicken (thighs and drumstick), edamame, lima beans, millet, oats, Swiss chard, turkey
Folate
Purpose: B vitamin that helps cells function and tissues grow
Food Sources: Adzuki and white beans, asparagus, chickpeas, edamame, peas, spinach

Common Deficiencies

Vitamin D3
Purpose: Assists calcium absorption; essential for bone formation, growth, and repair; aids immune function
Food Sources: Sunshine, cod liver oil, sockeye salmon, mackerel
Calcium
Purpose: Promotes normal blood clotting, regulates muscle contraction, and strengthens bones
Food Sources: Cooked beans, dark green vegetables (bok choy, collards, spinach), beet greens, turnips, yogurt, or kefir
Magnesium
Purpose: Helps strengthen bones, maintains normal nerve and muscle function
Food Sources: Banana, avocado, black beans, chard, spinach, yogurt, or kefir