Fish oil ‘could reduce incidence of gum disease’
People can reduce their risk of developing gum disease by adding polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), such as fish oil, to their diet, a study has shown.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health found that PUFAs could treat and prevent periodontitis – a common inflammatory disease in which gum tissue separates from teeth.
Traditional treatments for the condition concentrate on clearing bacterial infection, but more recent strategies have been targeting the inflammatory response.
"It is possible that treating periodontitis with n-3 fatty acids could have the added benefit of preventing other chronic diseases associated with inflammation," said Asghar Naqvi, of the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Back in August, Linda Main, dietetic advisor for Heart UK, claimed that people can decrease their risk of cardiovascular disease by eating a diet that is rich in oily fish, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, beans, peas, pulses and nuts.
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