Coping With Parkinson's With A Cup Of Joe

Coping With Parkinson's With A Cup Of Joe

Today, coffee is good for you, tomorrow it'll be bad. It seems that this little bean has been tossed back and forth in the healthcare community. While there have been several studies showing links between coffee and increased blood pressure, the wearing out of adrenal glands, the promotion of acidity in the blood, and an increase in insomnia – there is another side to this classic morning cup of Joe. In addition to its potential to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and its ability to improve exercise performance and mood, it's also showing promise for those suffering symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD).

Previous studies have shown caffeine’s positive effects in preventing the development of Parkinson’s disease; however, new insight shows it may also help ease symptoms associated with the progression of the disease.

According to a recent study in Neurology, 2 to 4 daily cups of coffee may help control movement among people with PD. However, its benefits may stop there; it did not show promise of reducing daytime sleepiness, improving quality of life, changing depression or mood, or improving sleep quality. While the study was short and only included a small study sample, it does suggest that coffee (or caffeine) can be taken into consideration when discussing options for symptom management with your neurologist.

Coffee now joins the growing list of potential alternative therapies for PD relief. Some foods that are in this “may help, but won’t hurt” category include green tea; a variety of fruits and vegetables; foods rich in vitamin E such as wheat germ; nuts and seeds. If these do not help with Parkinson's symptoms, they will surely benefit some other aspect of health, so there is no reason not to try them – and what better way to try them than in a tasty NutriBlast?

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