Q. I've always been susceptible to getting canker sores in my mouth so when I heard that kiwi fruit could make them go away quickly, I had to try. Wow! It was gone in 2 days.

I had another one about a week later and ate a kiwi. Again, my canker sore was gone in 2 days. Now I don't wait for the canker sore to show up. I just eat a kiwi every few days. I'm 58 and had suffered with canker sores since college.

A. Although we could find no scientific evidence that kiwi fruit helps heal canker sores, you are not the first to report this effect. Eight years ago a reader wrote, “I have suffered with mouth ulcers all my life. I have tried many home remedies, over-the-counter cures, and a few prescriptions. Eating one kiwi cures my canker sores as fast as the prescription steroid cream, and the kiwi doesn't come with warnings about the danger of putting it in your mouth. It has helped a few of my friends also.”

Other canker sore remedies include sauerkraut juice, powdered instant tea (or a wet tea bag), L-lysine, acidophilus and goldenseal.

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  1. gina

    Hi. I googled his because the owner of our Chinese restaurant has recommended kiki fruit. I too have been suffering with mouth ulcers since a teenager. Will give this a go and only time will tell. Although it seems to work only for some people.

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