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Aged garlic extract reduced gingivitis

Gingivitis is a common type of gum disease that develops when bacterial plaque builds up along the gum line and in between teeth.

In this study, 134 men and women, average age 33, with gingivitis, took a placebo or a daily dose of aged garlic extract (Kyolic®). Dental examiners measured the number of bleeding sites and assessed gum health at the start of the study, and monthly for four more months.

Using a standard index of clinical gingival symptoms, while the placebo group had not improved, those taking aged garlic extract saw significant reductions in inflammation, and in the number and severity of bleeding sites, beginning at month one and continuing through four months.

When plaque builds up, it triggers an immune response, which, if left unchecked, can destroy gum tissue. Doctors said garlic helps control bad bacteria and promotes good bacteria, keeping a healthy balance in the mouth.

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