I have burning mouth syndrome (BMS) that is widespread throughout my mouth and a daily problem. : Terry Talks Nutrition

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I have burning mouth syndrome (BMS) that is widespread throughout my mouth and a daily problem.


Q. Dear Terry, “I have burning mouth syndrome (BMS) that is widespread throughout my mouth and a daily problem. It developed suddenly in September 2019. I’ve been seen by my dentist and several doctors, and none of them have been helpful. BMS affects my everyday life from the time I wake up and the time I go to bed. Can you please help me?” – Jodi T., Aberdeen, WA

A. Dear Jodi, The cause of burning mouth syndrome (BMS) can involve infections, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, or a combination of other factors. Researchers have shown that deficiencies in certain B vitamins, vitamin D, and minerals like zinc may be involved. Because this has been an ongoing condition, it’s likely there are some vitamin and mineral deficiencies that may be contributing to your experience.

Multivitamin and mineral supplements are crucial in bridging the gap between the amount of nutrients provided by food intake and that which may be lacking.  However, choosing the right daily multivitamin and mineral formula can be a real challenge. I personally feel that the majority of multivitamin and mineral formulas don’t provide the nutrients we need at meaningful levels. Please don’t be fooled by “one-a-day” multivitamin and mineral formulas because our body wasn’t designed to only absorb these nutrients once per day. I prefer a multivitamin and mineral formula that is taken two to three times per day, which more closely mimics our normal eating patterns.

I recommend choosing a multivitamin that features B6, B12, and folic acid in their active forms – P-5-P, methylcobalamin, and L-methylfolate, respectively. These forms don’t require conversion by the liver, so they can go to work immediately to increase energy levels, boost mood, and optimize metabolism.

Believe it or not, mineral deficiencies are more common than vitamin deficiencies. So you may also want to look for a multivitamin that features chelated trace minerals, like zinc bisglycinate chelate. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral and a molecule that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. Amino acids are excellent molecules to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall. Because they are so small, they can be transported directly into the cells of the body, where they can get to work right away.

Other important nutrients in a multivitamin and mineral formula include vitamin D3 and the full family of vitamin E as d-alpha mixed tocopherols.

Lastly, to help prevent stomach upset, I recommend taking a multivitamin and mineral formula that contains ginger to help soothe and settle the stomach. Ginger can be very effective at reducing the smell and aftertaste common to many multiples.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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