In the January 2019 issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, the article entitled “Dietary Influence on Inflammation” reviewed recommendations for what vitamins may be best for us to consume to reduce the likelihood of having inflammation, including periodontal disease which is a very common inflammatory disease. Vitamins A, C, D and E are found in foods called anti-inflammatory foods which are foods noted for having anti-inflammatory properties, or reducing systemic inflammation.
Vegetables and fruits rich in Vitamin A are as follows: tomato, apricot, kale, spinach, butternut squash, pumpkin, collard greens, sweet potato, carrot, chard and Chinese cabbage.
Vegetables and fruits rich in Vitamin C are as follows: black currant, red bell pepper, kiwi, guava, green bell pepper, orange, strawberry, papaya, broccoli, kale and parsley.
Sources of Vitamin D are as follows: sunlight, cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, tuna, fortified milk and sardines.
Sources of Vitamin E are as follows: wheat germ oil, almonds, hazelnuts, spinach, avocado, turnip greens and butternut squash.
Research on how nutrition influences inflammation continues, but in the meantime, we can try to reduce our chances of experiencing inflammatory disease by choosing foods high in Vitamins A, C, D and E.
Article by Kaylin Cannon, RDH