We’ve always known berries to be great sources of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Now, a new research has shown that blackberry extract could be used to control the growth of harmful bacteria that may thrive on the teeth and mouth.
The antimicrobial effect of blackberry extracts was tested on 10 different oral bacteria. It was observed that among others, the extract significantly reduced the activity of two pathogens known to cause periodontal diseases, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum by 40%. It was also found effective in inhibiting the growth of Streptococcus mutans, the primary agent of dental caries, by approximately 30%.
The scientists concluded that blackberry extract might be a promising adjunct for prevention and treatment of gum (periodontal) infections. The study was published in the Journal of Periodontal Research.
Did you know?
- With their dark blue color, blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of fruits regularly tested.
- Blackberries are low in calories, carbohydrates and have no fat, which makes them popular in low carb and low calorie diets.