The seaweed secret to healthy gums
Gingivitis is a pesky, irritating, and extremely serious problem. It’s characterized by inflamed, bleeding gums, but the damage it causes doesn’t stop in your mouth. In fact, it can trigger a chain reaction that increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
But there is a solution–another amazing discovery fresh from Mother Nature.
A group of scientists from Korea have found that a green algae called Enteromorpha linza (better known as seaweed) can kill bacteria and fungus–including the kind that contributes to gingivitis.
In this study, 55 participants were assigned to use either Listerine or a mouthwash containing green algae extract. Researchers examined their teeth for gingivitis at the study’s start, and at several subsequent intervals.
Six weeks later, the green algae group had far less gingivitis than the Listerine group. There was far less plaque, which improved the health of gum tissues, and reduced bleeding.
The scientists were very pleased with the overall results, writing in the December issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food that twice-daily use of this mouth rise can inhibit and prevent gingivitis.
I know the idea of gargling with algae doesn’t seem all that appealing, but it’s really not as bad as it sounds. They’re typically mint-flavored just like any other mouthwash.
The bigger hurdle is actually finding a green algae mouthwash. A company called Jason Natural makes one called SeaFresh, that is available in various natural food stores across the country. Check their website (http://www.jason-natural.com/store-locator/index.php) to see where you can find it in your area. If there aren’t any locations nearby, you can also order online.