Meats and nuts may help with Parkinson’s disease

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Researchers have found people who have types of early-onset Parkinson’s disease may benefit from increasing niacin in their diet. Some nuts and meats contain niacin.

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Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the nervous system which progresses slowly and affects movement. People who are suffering from early stages of this disease may benefit from nutritional interventions which include niacin.

People who are suffering from types of early-onset Parkinson’s disease may respond favorably to increasing niacin in their diet

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The University of Leicester reports that people who are suffering from types of early-onset Parkinson’s disease may respond favorably to increasing niacin in their diet. Niacin, which is vitamin B3, is found in many foods including nuts and meats.

The researchers studied fruit flies with a mutation which mimics Parkinson's disease. It was suggested from this research that niacin increases levels of NAD compound in the body which is used for energy generation and repair of DNA. This is seen as being vital to keep mitochondria working well and Parkinson’s from progressing.

The therapeutic potential to use niacin based dietary interventions for the treatment of Parkinson's disease is strengthened by this study

Dr Miguel Martins, who is with the MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Leicester, says that the therapeutic potential to use niacin based dietary interventions for the treatment of Parkinson's disease is strengthened by this study. It has been explained by Dr Miguel Martins, who was the head of the study, that unhealthy mitochondria is a main problem in Parkinson's disease. Mitochondria are organelles which power the cell.

This study has been published in the journal Biology Open. In consideration of the finding that niacin helps keep mitochondria healthy which can help prevent the progression of Parkinson's disease, adding niacin to the diet seems to offer hope in slowing down the progression of this disease. Therefore enjoying eating more nuts and meats may actually help to prevent the progression of the neurotoxicity which is associated with Parkinson's disease.

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