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Study: Berries may reduce risk of Parkinson's disease

Posted On Tue, February 15, 2011

Men who enjoy topping their breakfast cereal with fresh berries may lower their risk for developing Parkinson's disease, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health are reporting that the high flavonoid content in berries - which, among other things, give fruits their color - can help ward off the disease that's characterized by muscular tremors and uncontrollable shaking.

Using data collected from over 129,000 men and women, the researchers found that men who ate foods rich in flavonoids, like berries, apples and chocolate, were 35 percent less likely to develop Parkinson's disease compared to men who ate the least. No such link could be traced between the avoidance of Parkinson's and high flavonoid consumption among women.

According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, men are one and a half times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease compared to women.

Sometimes, people with Parkinson's disease can find it difficult to find an insurance provider that will cover the cost of treatment. Should the new healthcare law pass, health insurance providers will no longer be able to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. 

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