What Causes Canker Sores? Could B12 Be The Link?

Canker sores are a common and painful problem characterized by sores in the mouth that can occur due to physical trauma (like biting your lip) or for no apparent reason. Some believe that the cause is viral, however, I think that more commonly it’s something else…

Possible Cause Of Canker Sores

A recent Israeli study found that simply adding vitamin B12 to your supplement program can significantly decrease the number and the severity of canker sores.

The study enrolled patients who reported forming at least one canker sore every two months during the previous year. They were then given either 1,000 mcg of sublingual (dissolved under tongue) B12 or placebo (sugar pill). After 6 months the researchers reported dramatically reduced numbers and severity of these nasty little mouth sores. Interestingly enough, these benefits occurred even if the patient did not show low blood levels of this vital nutrient.

For many unfortunate folks, they are prone towards forming these nasty little sores on a regular basis and apparently without cause. This study suggests that a vitamin deficiency may be at the foundation of the problem.

In addition to supplementing with B12, one study found that your choice of toothpaste can play a dramatic role as well. Look for toothpaste that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate as these compounds can trigger inflammation and canker sores in the mouth. If the toothpaste is the problem, you will likely see dramatic reductions or even complete resolution of the problem.

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