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Posted on 10-15-2016
Omega-3s are also known as Essential Fatty Acids. We use them in nearly every cell of our body for structural integrity, transporting things in and out of cells, and to reduce inflammation. They are called Essential because our body does not make them, so we need to get them from our diet, whether from oily fish, certain plant-foods, or in many cases, supplement form like fish oil. Omega-3s help protect our brain, heart, eyes, and many other systems in our body.
We understand through research that many disease processes start as a result of inflammation, and gum disease is no different. A study done at Harvard Medical School published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that people who consumed higher amounts of DHA, a type of omega-3, were at 20% reduced risk of developing periodontitis. Periodontitis is an inflammatory condition where gum tissues can separate from the teeth, causing an accumulation of bacteria and potential bone and tooth loss.
The study suggests that taking high amounts of both DHA and EPA, both omega-3s found in fish oil and other omega-3 supplements, can be vital in not only oral health, but your overall health. There are some considerations for taking fish oil or other omega-3 supplement if you are taking certain medications.
If you have questions about your health, or to see if an omega-3 supplement is right for you, please contact our office at (386) 492-4881 or visit us on the web at www.atlanticchirofl.com.
Source: Asghar Z. Naqvi, Catherine Buettner, Russell S. Phillips, Roger B. Davis, Kenneth J. Mukamal. “n-3 Fatty Acids and Periodontitis in US Adults.” Journal of the American Dietetic Association, November 2010, Vol. 110, Issue 11, Pages 1669-1675
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