Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Michelle Simmons
Your health is greatly affected by the food you eat – it’s been proven time and time again. A study presented at the Fourth World Parkinson Congress builds on this fact, as they reported that eating foods commonly found in a Mediterranean diet were associated with a slower progression of Parkinson’s disease.
Researchers at Bastyr University and Oregon State University investigated whether diet, exercise, and supplements were linked to the rate of Parkinson’s disease progression. For the study, they recruited 1,024 participants with a mean age of 60.7 and had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease for an average of 6.7 years.
In their study, they used the Patient-Reported Outcomes in Parkinson’s Disease (PRO-PD) scale to evaluate the severity of Parkinson’s disease. In order to quantify the participants’ dietary intake in the cross-sectional analysis, they used baseline food frequency questionnaires.
Results revealed that foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, olive oil, fish, wine, eggs, and fresh herbs were associated with a significant improvement on the severity of Parkinson’s disease. On the contrary, fried foods, beef, diet soda, canned fruits, and canned vegetables were associated with more severe instances of Parkinson’s disease. Moreover, supplements such as oral glutathione, rasagiline, and coenzyme Q10 were associated with improved conditions, while iron was associated with exacerbated cases.
The researchers also found that exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes a day significantly reduced the severity of Parkinson’s.
Based on the findings, the researchers concluded that foods typically included in the Mediterranean diet help treat Parkinson’s disease, and regular exercise builds more on this improvement. (Related: 11 Delicious Key Ingredients that Make The Mediterranean Diet So Nutritious.)
Here are just some benefits that you can get from the Mediterranean diet:
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