There are many different types of anemia, in fact, more than 400. The most common is iron deficiency anemia, which is very treatable with small changes in diet and lifestyle. Naphthalene, a widely used industrial and household chemical, has rarely been a poisoning agent around the world. Severe hemolysis due to naphthalene poisoning is rare and can be a challenge for doctors.
We present the case of a 22-year-old woman who accidentally ingested a mixture of coconut oil and naphthalene and was admitted with recurrent vomiting, headache and dark urine. Severe intravascular hemolysis was detected with hypotension and neutrophilic leukocytosis. She was treated with red blood cell transfusions, intravenous saline and ascorbic acid infusion. One cup of coconut milk contains 4 milligrams of iron, or 22 percent of the daily value.
Iron is needed to keep red blood cells healthy and prevent iron-deficiency anemia. Each cup of coconut milk provides 1.6 milligrams of zinc, or 11 percent of the daily value of this mineral, which is needed for a strong immune system. One cup of coconut milk provides 38 micrograms of folate, which is needed to prevent megaloblastic anemia, a condition with immature red blood cells. Women who can become pregnant should consume enough folate to prevent congenital neural tube defects.