Research shows that eating bell peppers twice a week can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 30 percent. This is because peppers have a form of nicotine that can be eaten.
Eating other foods that contain nicotine like tomatoes or potatoes are also known to provide protection against Parkinson’s condition. This is even proved by researchers with the use of nicotine patches and smoking.
Parkinson’s is a degenerative nerve disease that makes sufferers experiencing tremors and difficult to move. This disease can affect about one in every 250 people aged over 40 years and about one in 100 people over the age of 65 years.
“This is the first study to look at the link between nicotine in foods with risk of Parkinson’s disease,” said Dr. Susan Searles Nielsen of the University of Washington in Seattle.
“Similar to other studies that indicate the benefits of smoking to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, we also found a positive effect of nicotine. Similar to previous findings, nicotine in foods such as peppers are not as dangerous as in cigarettes,” added Nielsen, as reported by by Daily Mail (09/05).
In this study, scientists observed 490 patients with Parkinson’s disease. They were asked about their food intake and smoking habits. This study was also attended by 644 people who did not have any neurological abnormalities.
Researchers found that consumption of vegetables is associated with the risk of Parkinson’s. However, the effects were seen in vegetables that contain nicotine in it, such as peppers, tomatoes, or potatoes. Researchers found a strong effect on peppers, especially in people who do not have the habit of smoking.
They found that people who ate peppers twice a week had a reduced risk of Parkinson’s about 30 percent.
Previous research conducted on animals showed that the stimulation of nicotine could prevent nerve damage that causes Parkinson’s. In human studies, it was also found that smoking can lower the chances of developing Parkinson’s.
Even so Claire Bale explained that the study was too small to draw concrete conclusions. Further research should be done on a large scale to obtain more conclusive results.
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