A Blackberry a Day Keeps the Dentist Away?



Currently, there is a lot of research on natural antibacterial foods and beverages that may help improve our health and lifestyle.⁣⁣

Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums that can lead to bone and tooth loss. A recent research study has shown that blackberries have natural antibacterial agents against periodontal gum and teeth pathogens!

Blackberry extract, in vitro, was found to reduce the metabolic activity of 𝘗. 𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴, 𝘍. 𝘯𝘶𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘮 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘚. 𝘮𝘶𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘴 (all common bacteria found in the mouth.) Although the exact mechanism for the antibacterial effects found in blackberries are not well understood, scientists hypothesize that this involves anthocyanins (which also helps give the berries their color), polyphenols full of antioxidants, found in the berries. These polyphenols have also been found in red wine, black tea, and cistus tea, which have also been shown to reduce the total count of oral bacteria. ⁣⁣
While there is still more need for research on blackberry extract, this natural compound has demonstrated  a lot of potential to be used to help 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 even prevent cavities. ⁣⁣


Blackberries are also full of other good stuff; potassium, magnesium and calcium, as well as vitamins A, C, E and most of our B vitamins.


The bottom line? Blackberries are a great tasting, nutritious food that might also help keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Talk to your doctor and dentist about adding it to your diet!


See below for a quick fun recipe using blackberries that we at MDLingo like and tell us how you like to eat your blackberries in the comments. ⁣⁣


𝘎𝘰𝘯𝘻á𝘭𝘦𝘻 𝘖𝘈, 𝘌𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘢 𝘊, 𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘑, 𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘭. 𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘴. 𝘑 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘙𝘦𝘴. 𝟸𝟶𝟷𝟹;𝟺𝟾(𝟷):𝟾𝟶–𝟾𝟼.

Steel-Cut Oats with Blackberries and Hemp Seeds



  • 1/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon Hemp seeds
  • Nut or soy milk (for serving)


  • Bring oats, salt, and ¾ cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until oats are tender, 15–20 minutes. Top oats with blackberries and hemp seeds; drizzle with nut or soy milk.

Aida Shadrav

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