This may indicate you’re short of vitamin B2. ‘A dry mouth with cracks around the
corners of lips and an inflamed tongue are classic signs,’ says Suzie.
Other symptoms may indicate a lack of other B vitamins: irritability and mood swings (B6); skin problems, insomnia and diarrhoea (B3); anxiety and nerves (B5); poor memory and lack of clarity (B1); poor appetite weakness, depression, (B1).
‘B vitamins are water-soluble, so they’re easily excreted,’ says Suzie. ‘You also use more vitamin B when you’re stressed, so you need to replenish supplies regularly, with diet and/or supplements.’ Good sources include meat, dairy, green veg, pulses (such as beans and lentils), wheatgerm and wholegrain cereals, nuts, seeds and fruit. Tea, coffee and alcohol all deplete B vitamins.