Periodontal disease and the bacteria and inflammation associated with it can be the precursor to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, and even cancer. Periodontal bone loss has also been associated with osteoporosis. A root cause of these issues is inflammation and poor cellular health.
Periodontal disease solutions: The power of vitamin C and quercetin
Fortunately, there are natural solutions to bleeding gums, periodontal disease and periodontal bone loss. These key supplements can also help to prevent more serious diseases.
Vitamin C is already well known for its effects against infection and inflammation. However, while vitamin C is essential to gum and tissue health, vitamin C taken with flavonoids like quercetin work together synergistically to reduce inflammation and maintain gum health – even more effectively than just taking vitamin C alone.
The flavonoid quercetin is found in abundance in vegetables and fruits, especially berries. This helpful compound can also be taken in supplement form for natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
The combination of vitamin C and quercetin seems to be greater than the sum of its parts. Quercetin and vitamin C together pack a more potent punch against inflammation and cell damage that could otherwise lead to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, cancer, and early death.
Reducing inflammation while supporting cellular vitality is key to health
A 2012 study of 60 healthy males age 19 to 23 compared the effects of vitamin C alone, quercetin alone, a combination of the two, or a placebo. The subjects participated for eight weeks and did not take any other drugs or supplements during this time.
The results showed inflammation and cell health improvements from 50 to 62 percent for those taking the combination versus a 35 to 47 percent improvement in the other groups.
Researchers believe this is due to vitamin C’s ability to support and regenerate quercetin in the body. Vitamin C seems to enhance and augment the antioxidant properties of quercetin and improve its bioavailability.
As we age – the question is: ‘Are you CoQ10 deficient?’
CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) is another potent antioxidant vital to tissue integrity that can help bleeding gums, periodontal bone loss, periodontal disease, and more serious health issues. In fact, CoQ10 is essential for all tissue and organ health in the body. It helps prevent free radical damage to cells while supporting energy production.
However, the body is less able to produce CoQ10 as we age.
The ability to heal requires adequate levels of CoQ10, and low levels of the compound have been associated with periodontal disease. Fortunately, a CoQ10 deficiency can often be easily resolved with supplementation of 60 to 600 mg per day depending upon current state of health. CoQ10 is also found in foods like broccoli, spinach, mackerel and sardines.
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