Good oral health is much
more than brushing, flossing, and supplementing with calcium vitamins D and C. Studies indicate omega-3 fats help calm oral inflammation caused by infections – not to
mention the overall benefit for widespread inflammation throughout the body.
If you experience chronic inflammation in your mouth along with bleeding, sensitivity and gum recession, you most likely have a gum disease call gingivitis. The immune system responds
to this irritation by causing the surrounding area to swell, thus leading to long-term inflammation that destroys connective tissue and bones – eventually developing into a much more serious disease called periodontitis. Left
untreated, a serious bacterial infection develops and can even spread systemically.
What if I told you that if you increase your intake of omega-3 DHA from fish and greens you can reduce dangerous bacteria in your mouth by as much as 50%? It’s true, at least so far in animal studies. Two separate studies are responsible for the new-found attention given to supplementing with omega-3s and literally putting them on the map for dental health...click to continue reading...
1.) Japanese researchers found that lowerlevels of the healthy oils from fish help to promote dental disease – especially as we age (Iwasaki M et al. 2010). The researchers concluded that the apparent preventive effect was probably related to the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids: “In periodontal diseases, bacteria trigger inflammatory host responses that cause destruction of the alveolar bone and periodontal connective tissue.” In addition, omega-3 DHA and EPA give rise to immune-response mediators called eicosanoids – less inflammatory than those produced from omega-6 fats.
Because this study was in Japan, where people eat a lot of fish, the volunteers’ average daily intakes of EPA and DHA – the two major omega-3s found in fish and fish oil – were quite high (947 and 635 milligrams, respectively).
2.) At the University of Kentucky, a test tube study showed that all types of food-borne omega-3 fats – EPA and DHA from fish and ALA from flax and leafy greens like spinach – cut the numbers of oral
disease by half or more.
New test tube findings suggest that omega-3 fats from fish and plant foods may exert strong anti-bacterial effects against major periodontal pathogens – the bacteria responsible for gum diseases. Most studies on omega-3s on oral health focused on their anti-inflammatory influences. Their potential for anti-bacterial active was largely ignored until now.
The results showed that EPA and DHA (from fish fat) and ALA (from flax and leafy greens) can inhibit the growth of oral pathogens – including, but not limited to, streptococcus mutans, Candida
albicans, and Porphyromonas ginigivalis.
What to look for in Omega-3s…
The supplement I prefer is one made from Wild Salmon that contains at least 1,000 mg per serving.
Be sure it is…
- Fish gelatin capsules
- Virgin, whole, natural, unrefined
- Purity and potency certified by NSF
- Pure Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Oil
- Certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
- 600 mg Omega 3s per serving with 240 mg EPA and 220 mg DHA
- Free of all artificial preservatives, color, dairy, starch, wheat, yeast, sugar, or soy
- Unrefined, whole and is extracted from wild Alaskan sockeye within hours of harvest
Unrefined Salmon Oil vs. Standard Fish Oils
Standard, mass-market fish oils come from diverse fish of widely variable purity and fat composition, and must undergo chemical processes (deodorization and molecular distillation) to product palatable, standardized products.
During refinement, fish oils are heated to temperatures in excess of 450 degrees F, which can degrade the structural integrity of their omega-3 molecules. Chemical refining of fish oils also alters their natural fatty acid and nutrient profiles – with unknown impacts on their health-supporting potential.
It’s important to note that Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is among the purest of all ocean fish – caught
in the deep cold water. Because this salmon oil is certified by NSF International for its purity and potency, you can rest assured you are taking the healthiest fish oil available. Because it’s not chemically refined, it is a true “whole food” supplement.
Key nutrients per serving of Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon soft gels:
Each 3-capsule (3,000 mg) serving provides these naturally occurring nutrients:
• Omega-3s: About 600 mg of total omega-3 fatty acids, including approximately
240 mg of omega-3 EPA and 220 mg of omega-3 DHA
• Vitamin D: 340 IU of vitamin D3
• Vitamin A: 360 IU of pre-formed vitamin A
• Astaxanthin: About 36 mcg
If you, like me, battle gum disease or an oral infection, omega-3s can help get your smile back and maybe even save your teeth, or your life, if a bacterial infection becomes systemic.
Remember that omega-3s help reduce inflammation. That said, if you have any inflammatory disorder like Fibromyalgia, Scleroderma, Arthritis, etc. consuming a higher dose of omega-3s is beneficial and a lot healthier than resorting to medications that carry a boat-load of side-effects. For acute inflammation I recommend 2 capsules with every meal for a minimum of ninety days. After that, you can adjust depending on your progress, Naturally.
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Your Partner in Health,
Huang CB, Ebersole JL. A novel bioactivity of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and
their ester derivatives. Molecular Oral Microbiology. Volume 25 Issue 1, Pages
75 – 80 (p 75-80). Published Online Jan 25 2010 DOI:
Iwasaki M,Yoshihara A, Moynihan P, Watanabe R, Taylor GW, Miyazaki H. Longitudinal
relationship between dietary omega-3 fatty acids and periodontal disease.
Nutrition. 2010 Jan 22. [Epub ahead of print]