Want to overcome loss of taste? Proper intake of vitamins is essential
Taste loss can be caused by many factors - some can be easily treated while others cannot be. The various possible causes of taste loss can be aging, common cold, flu, mouth dryness, heavy smoking, strep throat, injury to nose, mouth or head, infection in salivary glands, sjogren syndrome, vitamins deficiency (especially vitamin B12) , side effect of various medicines etc. When the taste loss is caused by the deficiency of vitamins, it can be treated very easily. Of all the nutrients, vitamin B and zinc are most important for the taste buds.
According to some experts, approximately 40 percent of otherwise healthy people are deficient in vitamin B12 and they do not even realize this fact. Vitamin B12 is very essential to develop red blood cells (RBCs) and for proper health of nerves. The various problems caused by the deficiency of vitamin B12 are weakness, lightheadedness, fatigue, pale color of skin, bleeding gums, rapid heartbeat, taste loss, chest pain, red tongue, short breath upon slight exertion, etc.
The deficiency can also harm nerve cells and brain. In this case, it will lead to more problems like tingling in toes and fingers, confusion, forgetfulness, depression, difficulty in thinking, tinnitus (i.e. ringing in the ears), impulse control, impaired judgment, dementia and other personality changes. If any of these symptoms exist, one has to go for proper check up to test for anemia. The deficiency of this vitamin is not very difficult to treat. Supplemental pills are easily available in the market. One can start taking the medications after consulting a renowned physician who has enough experience in this field.
The problem of taste loss will usually take two to three months to recover, after starting the prescribed medicines or other treatment. Most of the people, suffering from mild deficiency, are able to return to their normal position. In worst cases, where damage has occurred to the brain, the taste buds are less likely to return to their normal position.
The deficiency of Vitamin B3 (or Niacin) also plays a very important role in taste loss. No detailed research has been done in this regard, however some experts suggest that the taste loss can be treated with niacin and vitamin A.
Most of the people are not getting sufficient amount of zinc in their diets. Zinc is very essential element for sustaining immune system and in curing the wounds. It is also helpful in re-growth of taste buds. The deficiency of zinc is also an important cause for loss of taste. It can be consumed through meat, fortified cereals and beans. Various supplements are also available for zinc deficiency. It would take two to three months to improve taste buds after starting with the treatments.
The best way is to include required vitamins and minerals in the diet so that no symptoms are caused due to their deficiencies. Once anybody finds any problems with taste, it is essential to go to the doctor to check for anemia and start taking prescribed supplements immediately.