Fight Gingivitis With Sunshine

An interesting study in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found another vitamin D benefit based on its natural anti-inflammatory properties: The "sunshine" vitamin may reduce one's susceptibility to gingivitis, a common condition in which bacteria build-up in the teeth and gums causes inflammation and bleeding.

Researchers studied blood samples and periodontal probes taken from some 6,700 non-smokers between ages 13-90. It seemed pretty clear vitamin D did the trick to curb gingivitis. Despite race, ethnicity, age and gender, those who had higher quantities of vitamin D in their bodies were less likely to bleed during probing than those who didn't.

Although scientists were careful not to connect the presence of vitamin D with bone health, a study I posted earlier this year showed how useful it is in building bone density as it can help you absorb calcium.

Something else that will help you build better bone density: Rebalance your daily intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fats by taking a high quality fish or cod liver oil.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 82, No. 3, September 2005: 575-580

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