Practical Strategies for Dental Health

thanks to 3dchem.comThis brief article provides a summary of practical strategies for achieving and maintaining good tooth-health. Since this blog is not health focused per say the article heavily references other articles and blogs but aims towards including all basic information needed for good dental health inline. It is important to note that teeth are in a constant cycle of re-mineralization which is why that, contrary to popular belief, cavities can re-seal, and more importantly do not need to occur in the first place.

Now lets get down with the data. The linked material often contains tool-tips with further information so do allow the mouse to hover before it clicks. A number of the links associated to Vitamin K2 MK-4 points towards material referenced from Winston Price who worked with a formula knows as Activator X, it has been confirmed to actually be Vitamin K2 MK-4 in 2007 by Chris Masterjohn. While most studies have been done on the MK-4 variant I have personally found a vitamin K complex to be of more benefit against dental plaque (I’m not the only one),  see recommended products at end of article for specifics.

Diet & Supplementation

To avoid

  1. No sugar (causes bacteria, lactobacillus and streptococcus mutans mainly, to digest sugars and break them down into acid that destroys enamel and allows cavities to form)
  2. No wheat (phytic acid causes extra excretion of phosphorus which in essence means loss of teeth mineralization material. Also gluten sensitivity causes mal-absorption of minerals in many people)
  3. Preferably no nuts (again phytic acid)
  4. No soft drinks (same issues as with sugar, only worse due to phosphoric acid which causes even more acidity and is linked to lower bone density)

To include

  1. Vitamin D (even without major diet change Vit. D is able to shift balance towards more cavities being healed than being formed, it promotes absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the gut which is essential because tooth enamel is primarily made out of hydroxylapatite; a crystalline  calcium phosphate)
  2. Vitamin K1, K2 MK-4 & MK-7 (helps all bone and teeth health via improved calcium bonding and balances and activates the effects of Vitamin D and A, it also seems to eradicate bacteria and changes saliva from phosphorus-accepting to phosphorus-donating, meaning that your own spit starts maintaining teeth enamel instead of gradually breaking it down).
  3. Omega 3 (1.5 times less occurrence of periodontal disease)
  4. Rosemary (stabilizes Omega 3 oils in the body to avoid oils becoming rancid & provides anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and interestingly, anti-glycation effects, see recommendations below on how to prepare soundly and cheaply)
  5. Xylitol (intake routinely linked to lower incidence of cavities through anti-bacterial and alkalizing effects)

As a general guide adequate amounts of magnesium, calcium and vitamin A and vitamin C (non-acid source preferred, such as sodium ascorbate) needs to be present in the diet for vitamin D and K to work their magic. Supplement these conservatively if in doubt.

edit: post still missing dose recommendations, will be added shortly

Ginkgo Biloba Health Summary Posting

Ginkgo Biloba leafs

Ginkgo Biloba leafs

This post contains a wide range of links to informative pages concerning the effect of Ginkgo Biloba on the human organism. Headlines link to overview LEF.org articles on subject. Other links are all PubMed related.

Update (2009-06-25): It should be noted that the below summarized micro trials contrasts in bad way with the latest larger scale Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) Study that shows NO effect whatsoever on older individuals in regards to prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s  disease. Still, it is worth noting that a European equivalent of the American GEM study is currently being conducted in France: the GuidAge study final results are set to come out in 2010. If a major difference is found this is probably down to the use of clinical grade EGb 761 in the French study versus the commercial grade Ginkgold Max (Nature’s Way) used in the American study. This posting will be updated when the results are out.

Anti-Aging Effects of Ginkgo Biloba

Excerpt: “A study published in 2003 concluded that ginkgo extract improves the general mental health and quality of life of elderly adults with normal cognitive function (Cieza A et al. Effects of Gink- go biloba on mental functioning in healthy volunteers. Arch Med Res. 2003 Sep;34(5):373-81.). Sixty-six healthy volunteers aged 50-65 participated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that evaluated ginkgo extract’s effect on mental functioning. The participants took 240 mg of ginkgo extract or a placebo daily for four weeks. At baseline … the characteristics … in the placebo group and ginkgo extract group were similar … subjects who took ginkgo extract saw significant improvements in their self-perceived mental health and quality of life. Participants who took ginkgo extract performed markedly better on action and reaction tests, and also reported improved mood, providing further evidence of the efficacy of ginkgo extract.” Also: “…review underscores the potential benefits of Ginkgo biloba in cardiovascular diseases”[1]. Lastly, Ginkgo seems an overall neuroprotecter: “Substantial experimental evidence indicates that EGb761 has neuroprotective potency”[2]

Anti-arthritic behavior of Ginkgo Compounds

Excerpt: “Ginkgetin, a biflavone from Ginkgo biloba leaves, was previously reported to be a phospholipase A2 inhibitor and this compound showed the potent antiarthritic activity”[1]. Even better: “Ginkgetin (10-20 mg/kg/day) strongly reduced arthritic inflammation in an animal model of rat adjuvant-induced arthritis (86% inhibition at 16 days at a dose of 20 mg/kg/day) via intraperitoneal injection, while prednisolone (5 mg/kg/day) showed 79% reduction.”, ergo, it shows better result than the stuff people are injected with once it gets really bad (while at the same time, very unlike prednisolone, protecting cells in the rest of the organism)[2]. Of relative interest is also a study showing that Ginkgo works in concert with other NSAIDs: “Results suggest that GbE may be of clinical value as an anti inflammatory and analgesic drug alone or in conjunction with NSAIDs”[3]

Cognitive Enhancement

Excerpt: “… there is scientific support for memory enhancement even in young healthy people. Following just a single dose of 600 mg of ginkgo extract, a significant memory improvement was demonstrated in a randomized, double-blind, crossover study using Sternberg’s memory scanning test. The effect lasted for several hours (Subhan et al. 1984). In [a] randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled crossover study, 31 volunteers aged 30-59 years were given multiple doses of 50 or 100 mg; a single dose of 120 or 300 mg; or placebo during the day of testing. A psychometric test battery was administered before the first dose and at frequent intervals during the day until 11 hours after the last dose … effect of ginkgo in healthy volunteers was most evident with the 120-mg dose; more apparent in the oldest age group of 50-59 years; and [most] pronounced for short-term memory … (Rigney et al. 1999).”

Extending Life Span with Ginkgo use

Excerpt: “An unexpected finding occurred in a study published in Physiology & Behavior (1998, Vol 63, No 3 pp-425-433). The study was designed to … assess cognitive function. What surprised the scientists, however, was the rats administered ginkgo lived a mean of 31 months compared to 26.4 months in the placebo group. In human equivalency terms, these results indicate that ginkgo could extend life span by 11 years. The scientists who conducted this study went into quite a bit of detail to explain why ginkgo may have produced this unexpected longevity benefit, and suggested that life span studies on ginkgo extract be initiated to confirm these initial results.”

That’s all. More Health Summary Postings are to follow and are to be updated on running basis as new findings come along.