Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Berries Keep Parkinson's at Bay

Alaska wild "berries" from the Innok...Image via Wikipedia
By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

The tiniest fruits may pack a big punch against Parkinson's -- berries were associated with a decreased risk of the disease among those who ate the greatest amounts, according to an analysis of data from two large prospective cohort studies.

Dietary data from almost 130,000 men and women revealed that those with the highest intakes of anthocyanins -- a type of flavonoid found in berries -- had a 22% reduced risk of Parkinson's disease compared with those who ate the least (P=0.02), Xiang Gao, MD, PhD, of Harvard, and colleagues reported in an early release from the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting, to be held in Honolulu in April.
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