Fish Oil Versus Gum Disease
You may have heard a lot of talk about fish oil (hint: it’s good for the heart) and its many health advantages. Fish oil can be obtained from adding fish in our diets or simply by taking supplements. Tuna, salmon, sardines and anchovies are among the richest source of fish oil.
Fish oil has earned quite a reputation in the medical world for its reported benefits including: lowering high blood pressure, heart disease & stroke prevention and improving certain brain disorders.
Periodontitis is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. This disease affects more than half of the adult population and is also linked to an increased risk of strokes and other heart problems.
Dr. Alison Coates from the University of South Australia and her colleagues at the University Of Adelaide School Of Dentistry evaluated whether fish oil supplementation could be an adjunct therapy for periodontitis.
The review from eight unique human studies showed that improvements in clinical measures were common in all studies. More significantly, the researchers concluded that a combination of fish oil and aspirin produce a more promising result against gum disease.
“I would recommend that people ensure they have a sufficient intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in their diet for general health,” said Coates. “In Australia, these types of fatty acids are considered to be essential with ~500mg recommended as the suggested dietary target. This equates to approximately 2 fatty fish meals per week.”