Want healthy gums? Eat your blueberries

by Comité de Arándanos

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A natural compound in blueberries could help fight bacteria that leads to periodontal disease, according to a study from Universite Laval in Quebec.

The study, published in the BMC of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, said proanthocyandins in frozen highbush blueberries were isolated and tested to see the effect on bacteria growth, according to a news release from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.

Proanthocyandin concentrations of 500 to 3.9 ug/ml significantly reduced bacteria’s formation, according to the study, also causing damage to the membranes of bacterial cells.

The compound also helped protect white blood cells important to the immune system and blocked molecular pathways involved in inflammation, which contributes to gum disease, according to the release.

The study concluded more research is needed on blueberries’ benefits to oral health, but it boosts research on the fruit’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities, according to the release. The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, Folsom, Calif., financially supported the research.

Source: The Packer


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