Vegetables from the nightshade family help fight Parkinson's disease

Experts from Seattle University of Washington found that people who frequently eat vegetables from the nightshade family which includes tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant and potatoes, are less likely to suffer from Parkinson's disease. Recall that the mentioned disease characterized by the destruction of brain cells that are responsible for movement. The man begins to walk with difficulty, he begins to tremble limbs and head, there is a weakness in the muscles. This disease is incurable, although modern drugs significantly improve the condition of patients.

According to study leader Susan Nielsen, vegetables, belonging to the nightshade family contain nicotine in microscopic doses, and their research on the interconnectedness of dietary nicotine and risk of developing Parkinson's disease is unique in its kind. Earlier studies have already established that Smoking or wearing nicotine patches leads to the fact that the risk of Parkinson's disease is reduced. Meanwhile, the consumption of vegetables containing dietary nicotine is preferable because it is less toxic.

The study was to survey scientists 490 patients who suffered from Parkinson's disease. However, the researchers also conducted a survey of 644 people of the same age in the control group. The survey was focused on the subject of food habits of the respondents, as well as consumption of tobacco products. As it turned out, among the patients there were more people who did not eat vegetables from the nightshade family. In addition, it was found that greater protection is a green pepper. Those people who used pepper at least 2 times a week, the risk of developing said disease was reduced by 30 percent. Meanwhile, researchers suspect that the protection is involved not only nicotine, but anatomen - another alkaloid of tobacco, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

According to nutritionist London hospital St George Catherine Collins, the study proved the advantages of the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in pepper and tomato. However, one scientific work is not enough to say with confidence that these vegetables protect against Parkinson's disease. This will require large-scale studies.

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