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Hey, I have, at least, I think I have what is referred to as a 'strawberry tongue' which is due to a deficency of Vitamin B12. I'm not certain. Could somebody tell me if a vegetarian diet is a possible cause? And recommend some general foods (fruits, veg, snacks from shops/supermarkets) for me? Much appreciated and cool website biggrin

(If it's helpful, I've been vegetarian my whole life and I have just turned 15 two days ago) 

 

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There is already a discussion about B12 in the New To Vegetarianism thread.
http://vegetariancommunity.activeboard.com/t43956255/b-12/
Please be careful about where you post.



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Hi Cameron, as Thorn said, there is a thread underway already, and it is a very good topic. Welcome to the forum!

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To answer your question Cameron - strawberry tongue is not just caused by a B12 deficiency, it can be caused by a folic acid deficiency too. Your best bet is see a doctor or get your bloods checked to see if you have any deficiencies, and/or take a B complex supplement.


As a vegetarian, do you eat dairy and eggs on a regular basis or not? If you do, you are getting B12 from these animal products, all vegetarians who have no animal products at all, and vegans should regulary take a B12 supplement.



-- Edited by Jayx on Tuesday 9th of August 2011 06:26:41 PM

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There are skin patches to help you absorb B12 directly into your bloodstream. 

This is a great idea considering some people (including meat eaters) are deficient because they have absorbtion problems so cannot get enough from oral supplements or the foods they eat and normally have to get injections from their doctor..

http://viepatch.com/products/vitamin-b12-plus-10-vie-patch/  (UK site)

thanks to DaniPower for the link.

http://www.b12patch.com/ (USA site)



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As other users have already written, the strawberry tongue can have many reasons. If you think it is still a deficiency of Vitamin12, you should pass tests to prove or exclude it. It would be the most sensible approach. I am from the UK, postcodefinder.net/ and I am also vegetarian, but I have never spotted anything like that with my tongue. So I think you should see a doctor if it disturbs you.

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