If you’re concerned about your dental health, there’s a simple and delicious new preventative tool you need to know about.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, wild blueberries may contain properties that can prevent gum disease. The berry’s extracts contain antibacterial properties and polyphenols that help prevent dental plaque from forming. Researchers also found that the extracts help to block a molecular pathway that causes inflammation within the gums.
Not only do wild blueberries help prevent the development of gum disease, but can be used to help treat the problem as well. Consuming the berries may reduce the need for intense antibiotic treatments that are usually used to treat gum disease.
This is great news for those dealing with gum disease but would rather take a more natural route for treatment. Even if you don’t have any dental issues, wild blueberries are already a great snack option due to their high amount of antioxidants.
The next time you’re exploring the great outdoors and run into a wild blueberry bush, take a moment to enjoy a few. It might just be the healthiest thing you do all day.
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