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It's Official: Tongue Scraping will help fight the ageing process (as featured in The Daily Mail)



(The Daily Mail covered many of these issues in an article; "Could this £13 gadget be the secret to staying young?" on 1st November 2018)

If you prefer, you can check out the science with our new 'explainer' video (it's only 1 minute)

Recently The British Dental Journal  wrote about the ‘unassuming’ benefits of tongue scraping;

According to research by Dr Nathan Bryan, a specialist in molecular and human genetics from Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA, regular tongue scraping will enable 'good oral bacteria' to produce more Nitric Oxide.

Nitric Oxide (NO) plays a crucial role in helping stem cells function efficiently. Stem Cells' role is to heal the ageing body, helping to regenerate damaged or old cells

Amazingly up to 50% of our daily Nitric Oxide production is from this 'good oral bacteria' (eating the right ‘greens’ makes up the other half) – so a simple tongue scrape can have a BIG part to play in ensuring our Stem Cells operate as effectively as possible.

(The precise chemical process is; 'good' oral bacteria producing chemicals called Nitrates, which build up in our saliva. Once swallowed these Nitrates mix with stomach acid to produce Nitric Oxide).

Dr Nathan Bryan explained how tongue scraping specifically helps the process;

"Tongue scraping to remove the 'bad' bacteria, food particles and debris allow for the 'good' bacteria to flourish and generate Nitric Oxide"

And for those of us over 40 years of age, this becomes even more crucial, since our Nitric Oxide levels drop as we age as much as half - from peak levels. This drop in Nitric Oxide will impact of our bodies ability to heal effectively - hence the concept of 'ageing'.

The Unified theory of ageing

Broadening the research, Dr Bryan believes Nitric Oxide actually plays a key role in three distinct processes that can be considered rate limiting steps in terms of the ageing process. 

(Source: Nutra Ingredients USA October 2018)

“It’s what we call the unified theory of ageing. Nitric Oxide controls telomerase, the enzyme that adds telomeres to the ends of DNA, Nitric Oxide controls mitochondria biogenesis. And Nitric Oxide is the cellular signal that tells stem cells to mobilise to repair damage” 

On top of this break-through discovery by Dr Nathan Bryan The British Dental Journal adds;

Regular tongue scraping with the AMANO Tongue Cleanser can help 'good' oral bacteria to flourish in the mouth, while also helping to reduce dental caries and bad breath, enhancing taste, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease

So there it is - a £13 investment in an AMANO Tongue Cleanser could be simply the best Resolution you make in 2018 or 2019 – for a step change in the way you achieve good all round health and vitality.

AMANO has been manufacturing and selling quality tongue scrapers since 1992. The AMANO Tongue Cleanser is made of 18/10 Austenitic Steel, a high-grade chromium and nickel alloy. We are proud to be the best-selling tongue scraper brand in London's elite stores; Selfridges, Harrods and Planet Organic.
And as an added bonus, Professor Nathan Bryan uses an AMANO2017 and gave us this endorsement;

"I personally use the AMANO tongue scraper daily and highly recommend it"

How to use an AMANO Tongue Cleanser

If you are completely new to the tongue 'scraping' experience, we would suggest you hold the head of your AMANO under a warm running tap first - to provide an additional level of 'lubrication'.

Then, whilst standing over your washbasin:
Hold each handle of your AMANO Tongue Cleanser with a separate hand 
  1. Extend your tongue 
  2. Place the head of your AMANO Tongue Cleanser at the halfway point of your tongue
  3. Draw your AMANO Tongue Cleanser head gently across the surface, downwards towards the tip
  4. Rinse off the accumulated debris, under the tap
  5. Repeat as necessary - but going slightly further towards the back of your tongue each time
This daily routine should take you no more than 10 seconds

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