New research presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual conference suggests that men and women who consume berries may have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. The reason may be that berries are rich in dietary components known as flavonoids, which are also found in citrus fruits.
Researchers interviewed more than 100,000 individuals and used a database to calculate their flavonoid intake. Subjects were then followed for about 20 years. During this time, 805 people developed Parkinson’s. Those in the top 20 percent of flavonois intake showed a roughly 40 percent reduced risk of developing the disease.
“Our findings suggest that flavonoids, specifically a group called anthocyanins, may have neuroprotective effects,” says study author Xiang Gao. “If confirmed, flavonoids may be a natural and healthy way to reduce your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.”
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