Want protection against infection? Try chewing your food

A recent study published in the “Immunity” journal has found that chewing food can be a great way of being healthy and avoiding infections.

Chewing food stimulates the release of T helper 17 (TH17) cells in the mouth. This uses specific antigen to fight against harmful pathogens and in turn improves immunity.

“The immune system performs a remarkable balancing act at barrier sites such as the skin, mouth and gut by fighting off harmful pathogens while tolerating the presence of normal friendly bacteria. Our research shows that, unlike at other barriers, the mouth has a different way of stimulating Th17 cells: not by bacteria but by mastication. Therefore mastication can induce a protective immune response in our gums.” Dr. Joanne Konkel noted.

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