Ask the Nutritionist
Q: My friend is on Avastin and Gemstar and is HER+. She thinks she needs a multivitamin without folic acid. Is this true?
K.M.T, Ludington, Michigan
A: The chemotherapy drugs Xeloda, Avastin and Gemzar do not require a multivitamin without folic acid. Folic acid is a B vitamin needed in the body for the development of new healthy cells. Folic acid, also known as folate, can be obtained through food (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fortified cereals) or a dietary supplement. The daily recommendation for folic acid is 400 mcg.
In the majority of the population, it is safe and beneficial to take a multivitamin. The multivitamin should have close to 100 percent of the RDA (recommended dietary allowance) of vitamins and minerals. For those over 50 and postmenopausal women, multivitamins without iron are advised.