Wild Blueberry Extract Can Prevent Plaque Buildup and Maybe Save Your Life

smileThe main and most obvious reason people eat blueberries is because they are so delicious! However, an increasing number of people are eating them because of their numerous health benefits and lengthy list of vitamins and nutrients. Blueberries have proven to be a versatile ingredient in any type of meal, and their popularity has been warmly greeted at all corners of the earth.

In early September 2015, the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry introduced a report finding that wild blueberry extract is instrumental in preventing potentially dangerous dental plaque and biofilm from forming on our teeth. The plaque and biofilm can lead to the bacteria-producing gum disease gingivitis which can cause red and swollen gums along with excessive bleeding. The gum tissue holding the teeth can deteriorate and result in teeth falling out. Eventually, this can lead to periodontitis. Common among adults, these diseases usually require heavy antibiotics.

To take it a step further, the American Academy of Periodontology reports that having periodontal disease doubles the chance of getting coronary artery disease (heart disease). The theory is that the bacteria gets into the bloodstream and sticks to the fatty plaques, thus contributing to blockages. Scientists also think oral bacteria can cause blood cells to swell resulting in the narrowing of arteries and an increased risk of clotting.

Researchers are extremely excited about this new discovery because it is a more natural therapeutic method to combat gum disease. There is even a new oral device in development that would release the wild blueberry extract slowly in an effort to cleanse the gums and prevent periodontitis.

Thanks to:
Heart Disease Health Center, WebMD
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