For ancient Rome, thyme was believed to “promote vigor” and was used in their baths or spas. In Europe, singers even today, follow the tradition of gargling with thyme, marjoram and honey tea to preserve their voices.
Stem cell technology is promising in many respects and nowhere is that more evident than in the field of dentistry where painful root canals could become a thing of the past if promising advances in treating tooth decay pan out.
A new study indicates that dried licorice root is effective against the bacteria which causes tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can lead to tooth loss. Reporting their findings in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Natural Products, researchers say that that two substances in dried licorice root may help prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease.
Traditional healing, modern science
The dried root of the licorice plant has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Practitioners of TCM use dried licorice root for a variety of health concerns: to treat coughs, ulcers, sore throat, arthritis, lupus, liver disorders, food poisoning and diabetes. Licorice is known by herbalists to possess antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. The medicinally used root is not an ingredient in the licorice candy sold in the US which uses the similarly flavored anise oil. Continue reading →
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They put forward the idea that body fat protects women again negative moods. In other words, the fatter a woman is, the less depressed she gets.
In the two-part research, the team looked at Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure that takes into account Continue reading →
Enjoying a glass of white wine on a frequent basis can damage the teeth, something many wine makers and tasters will know first-hand, experts say.
Pale plonk packs an acidic punch that erodes enamel far more than red wine, Nutrition Research reports.
It is not the wine’s vintage, origin or alcohol that are key but its pH and duration of contact with the teeth.
Eating cheese at the same time could counter the effects, because it is rich in calcium, the German authors say.
It is the calcium in teeth that the wine attacks.
If you’re going to have a glass of wine do so with your meal and leave a break of at least 30 minutes afterwards before you brush your teeth and go to bed.
In the lab, adult teeth soaked in white wine for a day had a loss of both calcium and another mineral called phosphorus to depths of up to 60 micrometers in the enamel surface, which the researchers say is significant.
Riesling wines tended to have the greatest impact, having the lowest pH.
A “kinder” tooth choice would be a rich red like a Rioja or a Pinot noir, the Johannes Gutenberg University team found.
Even if people brush their teeth after a night of drinking, over the years repeated exposure could take its toll, say BritaWillershausen and her colleagues.
Indeed, excessive brushing might make matters worse and lead to further loss of enamel.
But they said: “The tradition of enjoying different cheeses for dessert, or in combination with drinking wine, might have a beneficial effect on preventing dental erosion since cheeses contain calcium in a high concentration.”
This helps neutralize and boost the remineralizing power of saliva to halt the acid attack.
But eating strawberries while supping on your vino or mixing sparkling whites with acid fruit juice to make a bucks fizz may spell trouble because this only adds to the acid attack.
ProfessorDamienWalmsley, of the British Dental Association, said: “The ability of acidic foods and drinks to erode tooth enamel is well understood, and white wine is recognized as being more erosive than red.
“But it’s the way you consume it that’s all important. If you’re going to have a glass of wine do so with your meal and leave a break of at least 30 minutes afterwards before you brush your teeth and go to bed.
“Consuming wine alongside food, rather than on its own, means the saliva you produce as you chew helps to neutralize its acidity and limits its erosive potential.
“And leaving time before brushing teeth gives the enamel a chance to recover from the acid attack and makes it less susceptible to being brushed away.”