Q. For the record, one kiwi is a marvelous thing for me. A single kiwi reverses a mouth sore and a couple send it into oblivion! Thanks for offering that tip some time ago.
A. We first heard about the value of kiwi for canker sores in 1999: “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.”
Another reader also found this observation helpful: “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 sore 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.”
We still don’t know why kiwi can help mouth ulcers, but it is simple and safe enough to try.