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Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH

We know that fish oils are good for the brain – they’re rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a major structural component of our brain. But they’re also excellent for inflammatory conditions, including gum disease!

Gingivitis and periodontitis are common inflammatory diseases of the gums. The gum tissue separates from the teeth, allowing bacteria to accumulate. This can lead to infection and inflammation, and potentially to loss of teeth and even the underlying bone.

Researchers have found that dietary intake of omega-3 oils, like fish oil, show promise for the treatment and prevention of periodontitis: “We found that n-3 fatty acid intake, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), are inversely associated with periodontitis in the US population,” commented Asghar Z. Naqvi, MPH, MNS, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

So, by eating more cold-water fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna) or supplementing with a high-quality supplement, you’ll help keep both your brain AND gums healthy! For more info, visit:

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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