(NaturalHealth365) There are new reveling findings about the power of fruits and vegetables. New research shows men and women who consume berries on a regular basis may have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
A study was presented by the American Academy of Neurology’s at their 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu. The study involved 49,281 men and 80,336 women. Researchers gave participants questionnaires and used a database to calculate the amount of flavonoid intake. They then analyzed the association between flavonoid intakes and the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. They looked at and analyzed the consumption of five major sources of flavonoid rich foods. These included tea, berries, apples, red wine and oranges or orange juice. The participants were followed for 20 to 22 years
During that time, 805 people developed Parkinson’s disease. In men, the top 20 percent who consumed the most flavonoids were about 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than the bottom 20 percent of male participants who consumed the least amount of flavonoids. In women, there was no relationship between overall flavonoid consumption and developing Parkinson’s disease. However, when sub-classes of flavonoids were examined, regular consumption of anthocyanins, which are mainly obtained from berries, were found to be associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.
“This is the first study in humans to examine the association between flavonoids and risk of developing Parkinson’s disease,” said study author Xiang Gao, MD, PhD, with the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. “Our findings suggest that flavonoids, specifically a group called anthocyanins, may have neuroprotective effects. If confirmed, flavonoids may be a natural and healthy way to reduce your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.”
Berries are known to deliver many health benefits which are noticeable and consistent. A healthy strategy is to supplement your diet with the perfect combinations of berries. Bring your health up to a new level by consuming some of these berries: Acai berry, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, red and black raspberries, gogi berries, boysenberries, huckleberries, mulberries and strawberries.
Berries are described as super foods for good reasons. They have benefits, which include lowering blood pressure, reducing heart disease, and reducing the incident of a cancer, and causing cancer cells to self destruct. Natural pigments that give berries their rich red, purple, of blue color act as powerful anti-cancer agents. The pigments are where anthocyanins are found.
Berries are one of the most convenient foods and can be found in the produce aisles, and in the frozen section of supermarkets and health food stores. Berries are both low in calories and provide measurable health benefits.
Among the consistent findings from nutritional research are the beneficial effects of a diet high in fruit and vegetables on disease initiation and progression. The disease include; cardiovascular, diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune conditions, and cancer
The underlying mechanisms responsible for these effects are not well understood by modern medicine. The scientific need to confirm the magnificent health benefits derived from a diet high in produce means the healing miracles of fruits and vegetables will be put on hold until science gets their act together. Fruits and vegetables promise you what the scientist can’t: a chance for a long happy productive life.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.