Treating Gum Disease With Red Wine?

You know how popular red wine has grown in popularity as a "beneficial" source for antioxidants. Canadian researchers have found the polyphenols in red wine may block the production of free radicals and ward off gum disease.

Although scientists wouldn't go so far as to recommend patients run to the nearest liquor store, they did point out the polyphenols in red wine halt free radical production by changing the makeup of proteins within cells that control their release.

There's no doubt, gum disease is an important condition to treat, especially since more than 80 percent of Americans have some form of it. However, drinking red wine isn't your best health option, considering the alcohol contained in it is poisonous and can damage your hormonal balance.

Some safer options to get the polyphenols you need:

BBC News March 11, 2006

Forbes.com March 10, 2006

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