3 Foods for Healthy Gums & Hearts

By Emily Sohn, January/February 2010

Protect your heart by taking care of your gums.

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2. Green tea: Scientists reported in 2009 that Japanese men who drank a daily cup of green tea significantly lowered their risk of developing gum disease—the more the tea, the lower the risk. The researchers believe antioxidants called catechins in green tea are the key. Catechins hamper the body’s inflammatory response to the bacteria that cause gum disease.
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