magnesium reduces risk of periodontitis

You knew it was good for your bones, but this study shows for the first time that magnesium is good for your mouth.

Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that can cause you to lose your teeth. It can also cause pain, swelling, dental pockets and even bone destruction. But it may be linked to more than just that. Recent evidence is increasingly suggesting that periodontitis is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Remarkably, nearly half the people in the world have it.

This study looked, for the first time, at the possibility that not getting enough magnesium could be linked to periodontitis.

The study examined magnesium intake in 3,028 people over the age of 30. It discovered that there was a significant association between low intake of magnesium and periodontitis. People who got the most magnesium were a significant 31-35% less likely to get periodontitis.

Several plant based foods, including nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains and green leafy vegetables are loaded in magnesium.

The study found that both dietary magnesium and supplemental magnesium reduce the risk of periodontitis. The data suggests getting a minimum of 500mg a day.

Front Nutr. 2022;9:976518


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