THURSDAY, Jan. 7, 2021 (HealthDay Information) — Individuals who eat excessive ranges of dietary vitamin C and E might decrease their danger for Parkinson’s illness by virtually a 3rd, a brand new examine suggests.
Meals excessive in vitamin C embody oranges, strawberries, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Meals excessive in vitamin E embody spinach, collard greens, pumpkin and nuts similar to almonds and peanuts.
How may the 2 vitamins keep off Parkinson’s? In accordance with the European researchers concerned within the new examine, nutritional vitamins C and E are additionally antioxidants that would keep off the cell harm Parkinson’s causes. Particularly, antioxidants may assist counteract “unstable” molecules and the oxidative stress that may result in a lack of a mind chemical known as dopamine, which is a trademark of the situation.
“The protecting impact of nutritional vitamins on Parkinson’s illness danger is perhaps restricted to particular nutritional vitamins, similar to nutritional vitamins E and C. Due to this fact, consuming meals which might be wealthy in nutritional vitamins E and C may assist to stop the event of Parkinson’s illness,” stated researcher Essi Hantikainen, from the College of Milano-Bicocca in Italy.
“Additionally, excessive concentrations of vitamin C are discovered within the central nervous system, the place it has neuroprotective properties,” she defined.
Hantikainen famous that this examine cannot show that nutritional vitamins E and C stop Parkinson’s, solely that top ranges of those nutritional vitamins are related to a decrease danger of creating the illness.
“Additional analysis is required to substantiate these findings,” she stated. “And it isn’t but clear what probably the most helpful quantities of nutritional vitamins E and C are to cut back the chance of Parkinson’s illness.”
Parkinson’s illness is a motion dysfunction. It step by step reduces dopamine, a chemical within the mind, affecting speech, strolling and stability. The causes aren’t recognized, and there aren’t any efficient remedies, neither is there a treatment.
For the examine, revealed on-line Jan. 6 within the journal Neurology, Hantikainen and her colleagues adopted practically 44,000 adults in Sweden for a mean of 18 years. None had Parkinson’s firstly.
Members accomplished a questionnaire on the outset about their medical historical past, eating regimen and train, together with peak, weight and bodily exercise.
They have been then divided into three teams: these with the best consumption of nutritional vitamins E and C, these with reasonable consumption and people with the bottom consumption.
All through the examine, 465 individuals developed Parkinson’s illness.
After considering components like age, intercourse, physique mass index and bodily exercise, individuals who acquired probably the most nutritional vitamins E and C had a 32% decrease danger of Parkinson’s illness than those that acquired the least.
What about getting the 2 nutritional vitamins from dietary supplements?
“We weren’t capable of examine the impact of dietary supplements on the chance of Parkinson’s illness,” Hantikainen stated, however there is perhaps good well being causes to strive sourcing the vitamins from meals, not capsules. “Excessive consumption of some nutritional vitamins from dietary supplements, similar to vitamin E, has been linked to the next danger of sure illnesses, similar to heart problems,” she stated.
Dr. Alessandro Di Rocco, director of Northwell Well being’s Motion Issues Program in Nice Neck, N.Y., reviewed the examine and stated antioxidants could also be one of many environmental components that shield towards Parkinson’s.
“We’re considering of Parkinson’s like many different neurodegenerative illnesses, as an interaction between genetic components, a few of which we all know, most of which we do not, and environmental triggers,” he stated.
Di Rocco stated a lot of his sufferers take supplemental antioxidants: “A variety of my sufferers do take vitamin E and vitamin C, and so they requested me ought to I take them, and all I can say is that I’ve no purpose to say no, there is not any hurt in doing it, and maybe there’s a profit.”
Folks in danger for Parkinson’s, similar to these with a powerful household historical past of the illness, may also profit from antioxidants, he stated.
James Beck, chief scientific officer of the Parkinson’s Basis, stated one of the best ways to guard your self from Parkinson’s is to have a wholesome way of life. That features consuming a Mediterranean-style eating regimen wealthy in fruits, greens and complete grains, and getting loads of train.
Though genetics play a task in Parkinson’s, solely 10% of instances are because of recognized gene mutations, Beck stated.
He additionally famous that research of antioxidants and the chance for Parkinson’s have had blended outcomes.
“We do not totally perceive what is going on on about why individuals develop Parkinson’s,” Beck stated. “This examine does not present that sort of readability. We won’t say, ‘Oh, OK, for this reason persons are creating Parkinson’s illness or not creating Parkinson’s illness.'”
For extra on Parkinson’s illness, see the Parkinson’s Foundation.
SOURCES: Essi Hantikainen, Ph.D., College of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy; Alessandro Di Rocco, MD, director, Northwell Well being’s Motion Issues Program, Nice Neck, N.Y.; James Beck, Ph.D., chief scientific officer, Parkinson’s Basis; Neurology, on-line, Jan. 6, 2021