Oral health: A mouth ulcer signals a vitamin B12 deficiency

If you eat meat, fish or dairy foods, you should be able to get enough vitamin B12 from your diet, and are unlikely to need to take supplements.

“However, older adults, vegetarians, vegans and people who have conditions that affect their ability to absorb vitamin B12 from foods might benefit from the use of oral supplements”, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The NHS states: “Adults need 200 micrograms of folate a day. A microgram is 1,000 times smaller than a milligram (mg).”

It adds: “Taking doses of folic acid higher than 1mg can mask the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, which can eventually damage the nervous system if it’s not spotted and treated.”

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