March 01, 2022

Foods That May Help People With Parkinson’s Disease

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It’s estimated that around one million people in the United States are living with Parkinson’s disease, and research shows that the number of diagnoses is growing each year.

Parkinson’s is not fatal in and of itself, but there is no cure, and complications can be deadly. Common complications include falls and pneumonia.

But while there is no cure, medication, exercise, and other lifestyle choices can help slow the progression of the disease, which can improve quality of life.

Centers Health Care has the details on new research that shows a group of foods rich in flavonoids can help extend the life of someone with Parkinson’s.

What Are Flavonoids?

Flavonoids are naturally occurring chemicals found in most fruit and vegetables, especially colorful ones. Flavonoids are antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation in the body.

Examples of Flavonoids That Help in Parkinson’s Battle

Two of the six types of flavonoids seem to make a difference in Parkinson’s patients; they are anthocyanins and isoflavones. According to the study, people who consumed more of these flavonoids had a lower risk of dying from any cause than those who did not consume them.

Among fruits and vegetables, strong sources of these flavonoids include all berries, apples, and citrus. Having oatmeal or plain yogurt topped with fruit along with a glass of 100% orange juice is a flavonoid-rich breakfast.

Other sources that can be found besides in the produce department include legumes, cocoa (dark chocolate), and green tea.

If you drink alcohol, a glass of red wine daily can also help improve your intake, and when preparing meals, be sure to fill half of your plate with fruits and/or vegetables.

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