Recently I started to develop cracks at the corners of my mouth.
Q. Dear Terry, “Recently I started to develop cracks at the corners of my mouth. Do you know what could cause this and how do I prevent it from happening again?” — Dave T., Schaumburg, IL
A. Dear Dave, Certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause what you are experiencing. I believe adding iron, zinc, and B vitamins could help address the cracking and stop it from happening in the future.
Because minerals can be hard to absorb, I prefer minerals that are in chelated form. 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. Look for iron and zinc in the bisglycinate chelate form as they will be better absorbed.
For B vitamins, I prefer a formula 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.
I would take these ingredients daily.
Terry . . . Naturally