Researchers have found that ancient peoples who ate the tubers of purple nutsedge had very few oral health concerns. This grass, native to Africa, is considered a noxious weed in Upstate New York, but it may be behind the amazingly low number of individuals with tooth decay in a 2,000 year old burial site in central Sudan.
An analysis of skeletons at the Al Khiday 2 burial site has found signs of tooth decay in less than one percent. Researchers believe this is thanks largely to the bacteria-inhibiting properties of nut grasses in general and purple nutsedge specifically.
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You could eat purple nutsedge to help impede the bacteria known to cause tooth decay. However, it’s more effective and probably much more pleasant to simply visit the dentist.
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