The Surprising Secret Ingredient In Pepper That Fights Parkinson’s Disease.

4 Apr

If you are in pain, you are probably looking for a treatment for your pain. If you have a disease, you are probably looking for a treatment for that disease. Most people look for a miracle scientific breakthrough like a brand new surgical procedure or a new drug. Stem cell therapy has many people (and doctors) dreaming of potential cures, but many times, mother nature had the answer all along.

For example, new research just published in the Annals of Neurology tested the effects that eating plants in the Solanacae family had on Parkinson’s disease. Solanacae is a plant family includes plants with edible nicotine. Plants in this family include tobacco, peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes. This study examined whether Parkinson’s disease was associated with self-reported typical frequency of consumption of peppers, tomatoes, tomato juice, and potatoes during adulthood, while adjusting for consumption of other vegetables, age, sex, race/ethnicity, tobacco use, and caffeine.

Results: Parkinson’s disease (PD) was inversely associated with consumption of all edible Soloanacae. The more concentrated the nicotine in the food, the greater the impact. The inverse association was greatest for peppers. According to the study, “Dietary nicotine or other constituents of tobacco and peppers may reduce PD risk. However, confirmation and extension of these findings are needed to strengthen causal inferences that could suggest possible dietary or pharmaceutical interventions for PD prevention.”

Peppers may not be the “cure” for Parkinson’s disease, but once again, it points out the importance of the basics: eating right, exercise, and stress reduction.

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