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|Scott Greenberg, NatureCity author & contributor|
Studies have linked periodontal disease (or gum decay) to numerous health problems, including cardiovascular disease. A new study from the Kaneka Corporation in Japan suggests that consuming a form of C0Q10 called ubiquinol may improve the overall oral environment.
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease caused by periodontal bacteria living in plaque, and it is known that oxidative stress in saliva is increased by periodontal disease.
The study was presented on August 17, 2001 at the 63rd Meeting of the Vitamin Society of Japan. Researchers from the Department of Periodontalogy at the Nihon School of Dentistry also participated in conducting the research.
Participants included 37 men and 8 women, for a total of 45 individuals with an average age of 39.4 years. All of the participants showed signs of mild to middle level periodontal disease. Using a double blind method, half of the group was given a placebo and half of the group was given 150 mg of ubiquinol per day for a period of two months.
Plaque adhesion, pocket depth, bleeding, gingival recession, foul breath and saliva antioxidative activity were measured before the start of the study and again at one and two months after the study began.
After two months, the ubiquinol group showed significantly less plaque adhesion (19%) than the placebo group (9%). Additionally, the ubiquinol group showed a 4% increase in antioxidant levels in their saliva, while the placebo group showed an 11% decrease.
The ubiquinol group also saw a 50% decrease in tendency to foul breath, compared to a 10% decrease in the placebo group.
CoQ10 is a naturally occurring substance and a powerful antioxidant. It has been linked with numerous health benefits, including but not limited to reducing inflammation, improving blood vessel function and reducing the risk of death from heart disease, protecting muscles, and lowering cholesterol.
This important coenzyme can be found naturally in oily fish, organ meats (such as liver, hearts, etc.), and whole grains. If these foods aren’t a part of your current diet, consider a high quality, high potency supplement.
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