A new study has claimed that two gms of garlic and a medium sized lemon a day, pushes up the level of vitamin C in the body and stops bleeding in gums. The study, which has been sent to the
British Journal of Nutrition
, was conducted by a team of researches of the Department of Physiotherapy and Sports Science at Punjabi University here.
The team was led by Dr M S Sohal. The study claimed to have found that the antioxidant effect of vitamin C appears to accelerate healing in bleeding gums with garlic paste.
The researchers observed the effect on 67 people, both smokers and non-smokers, who took garlic and lemon water (without salt and sugar) each day in the fasting state.
The non-smokers had higher level of vitamin C in the blood by the end of the four-week study.In non-smokers vitamin C rises to 60 per cent and in smokers to only 25 per cent. In smokers there was only a small change in the bleeding of gums due to less increase in the level of vitamin C.
Lemon water, which contains vitamin C functions as antioxidant while garlic can completely cure bleeding in the gums, the study observed.