Fish Oil could be an Effective Treatment for Gum Disease

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Researchers in Australia have found that fish oil supplements can be an effective treatment for gum disease. Researchers from the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide analysed data from eight unique studies to determine whether fish oil supplements could be a useful treatment for periodontitis, a common form of gum disease, which causes soreness and inflammation of the gums.

The study was lead by Dr Alison Coates from the University of South Australia and involved rigorous analysis of eight studies. The research team found that improvements were identified in many of the studies, however, the results were best when fish oil supplements were used in combination with aspirin.

The findings of the study are not conclusive, but health experts have been advising the public to take fish oil for many years to improve general health and mobility. Dr Coates said that it is important for people to ensure that they take in enough Omega 3 fatty acids from their diet. These fatty acids are found in oily fish, nuts and seeds and the recommended weekly intake equates to two meals containing oily fish per week.

The research team said that there is a growing body of evidence to support the notion that fish oil is beneficial for patients with gum disease; however, further research in this area is required.

 

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