Two Grapefruit a Day to Beat Gum Disease

Eating grapefruit could help gum disease, say researchers. Having just two grapefruit a day pushed vitamin c levels in the body and stops bleeding gums.

The antioxidant effect of vitamin C appears to increase healing in the gums, say researchers at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Germany. A new study published in the British Medical Journal looked at grapefruit’s effect on 58 people – smokers and non-smokers.

Most of the volunteers had lower then normal vitamin C levels – with the levels of those who smoked 29 % below those of non-smokers and most suffered bleeding gums.

About half ate two grapefruit each day for a fortnight after a main meal. All those eating grapefruit had higher levels of vitamin C in the blood by the end pf the two-week study, said researchers.

In non-smokers vitamin C rose by 50% and almost doubled in smokers, while levels remain unchanged in volunteers who did not eat grapefruit.

There was also a significant reduction in bleeding from the gums among those who ate grapefruit.

A spokesman for the British Dental Association said ‘Because vitamin C promotes the healing of wounds and boasts antioxidant properties it contributes to the therapy and prevention on gum disease.’

The spokesman added that any fruit rich in vitamin C would probably have a similar effect.

Jenny Hope.
The Daily Mail

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Article Date: May 28th 2010