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Canker Sores
Once canker sores occur, the aim of treatment is to relieve pain, speed the healing process, and prevent recurrences. A number of healthful substances in food, particularly flavonoids, lysine, zinc, and vitamins C and D, may help promote healing and boost resistance to canker sores.



What You Should Eat & Why

flavonoids
These naturally occurring plant compounds enhance the effectiveness of vitamin C, which helps to fight canker sores.
Leading Food Sources of flavonoids: Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Grapefruit, white, Apples, Oranges, Chocolate, Pomegranates, Limes, Soybeans, Lemons, Tomatoes, Onions

lysine
A lysine deficiency has been linked to the development of canker sores.
Leading Food Sources of lysine: Chicken, Turkey, Cheese, fresh, Soy products, Soybeans, Eggs, Milk, Fish, lean, Beef, Potatoes

vitamin C
In addition to strengthening the immune system, vitamin C seems to heal ulcerated mucous membranes in the mouth.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Strawberries, Potatoes, Oranges, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red, Kiwi fruit

vitamin D
Deficiencies in vitamin D have been linked to the development of canker sores.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin D: Milk, Salmon, Tuna

zinc
Zinc is thought to enhance healing and increase resistance to canker sores.
Leading Food Sources of zinc: Barley, Crab, Oysters, Turkey, Beef, Lamb, Wheat, Chicken

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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