How can my mouth indicate if I might have a vitamin B6 deficiency?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The following mouth sore test may indicate if you are getting enough vitamin B6. This important nutrient also strengthens your immune system. Not having enough B6 can cause confusion, depression, irritability, and mouth/tongue sores. Low levels of vitamin B6 have been linked to chronic inflammation in the body.

At home, check your mouth in a mirror. Start with the outside of your mouth and look around its edges for signs of cracking. Then, open your mouth wide and look for any sores. Don’t forget to look under your tongue. You may need to the help of a flashlight.
If you notice any sores, it could mean that you aren’t getting enough vitamin B6.
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