I currently have a second job. I’m caring for my father, who has Parkinson’s disease. I can tell you from all the struggles he has that this is a disease you never want to get. The tremors are bad enough. Add to them incontinence, completely atrophied and rigid muscles, difficulty swallowing, and numerous other challenges. Naturally, I’m very interested in any nutrients that can help prevent and treat Parkinson’s.
And new evidence suggests eating more flavonoids may lower your risk for Parkinson's disease. This is especially true if you’re a man.
As you may know, flavonoids are the antioxidant compounds you find in fruits, vegetables, tea, red wine, and dark chocolate. A few weeks ago, I showed you a study connecting flavonoids with good brain function and keeping your memory. Now a new study says they can help with Parkinson’s.
In this new study, researchers analyzed data on nearly 130,000 people. They looked at the flavonoid intake of 49,281 men from the Health Professional Follow-up Study. They also looked at 80,336 women from the Nurse's Health Study. This isn’t the strongest type of study, but it’s such a huge sample that the conclusions are significant.
The researchers found 805 cases of Parkinson’s disease. And in those cases, the researchers didn’t find a significant link between flavonoid consumption and Parkinson's disease risk in women. However, men who consumed the most flavonoids had a 40% reduced risk of developing Parkinson's disease compared to men who consumed the least.
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The researchers said the most significant source of flavonoids for the participants was berries. This is exactly what researchers found to be effective for Alzheimer’s. So eating more berries can have a dramatic positive impact on your brain.
Since Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, with symptoms worsening over time, it’s possible eating lots of berries every day can help slow the progression of these terrible symptoms. With spring and summer upon us, make sure you’re eating plenty of berries. It’s also a good idea to increase your consumption of other flavonoid-rich foods to your diet. These include vegetables, tea, and chocolate. Because most of us don’t get enough flavonoids every day, it’s also a good idea to take a supplement like Advanced Greens Formula. It’s loaded with berries and other powerful flavonoid-packed foods.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Gao X, Cassidy A, Schwarzschild MA, et al. Habitual intake of dietary flavonoids and risk of Parkinson disease. Neurology 2012 Apr 4 2012 doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31824f7fc4.