Blueberries are one of Maine’s natural treasures. Aside from being delicious, blueberries are packed full of antioxidants and anthocyanins, two molecules that fight against numerous diseases. The discovery of the blueberry’s power earned it a spot on the list of human superfoods.
We now have a new reason to be in love with the State Berry of Maine. A team of researchers has discovered that compounds in blueberries, called polyphenols, halt the growth of Fusobacterium nucleatum, one of several culprits behind gum disease. When the blueberry compounds were introduced to the bacteria on a biofilm, the bacteria stopped growing. The research team is now developing a blueberry extract to be used in the fight against gum disease.
Lucky for us Mainers, we can take advantage of fresh, local blueberries and their magical polyphenols every fall. And remember, getting your sugar fix from fresh fruit rather than candy or sweets is always a better option for your oral health.
Read more about how blueberry extract is being used as a treatment here.