Flavonoids and their Health Benefits in Parkinson’s disease.Alternative Medicines effect on this Condition. Does it help?
The study began over 20 years ago and followed the lives of 49,281 men and 80,336 women. The purpose of the study was to see what effect the intake of flavonoids had on the subjects’ health over time. Known collectively as citrin and vitamin P, flavonoids naturally occur in berries, chocolate and some citrus fruits, including grapefruit. The participants in the project were given questionnaires on a food diet, a bit like a naturopath would give a client in an attempt to find an immune system problem, as in allergies. A database was used to accurately calculate their intake of flavonoids.
Over the course of 22 years, 805 of the participants developed Parkinson’s disease. The results varied between men and women. There was no relationship between flavonoid consumption and Parkinson’s in women, but among the male participants, the 20% who consumed the most were around 40% less likely to develop the disease than the 20% those who consumed flavonoids the least. This was not the end of the story, though.
When the researchers examined sub-classes of flavonoids, they discovered the regular intake of anthocyanins, substances that are primarily obtained from berries, both men and women showed a decreased risk of contracting Parkinson’s.
Obviously, the consumption of a supplement form of anthocyanins would be way more effective. However, natural therapies advocates that any genetic condition can be avoided with the nurturing of an exceptional lifestyle of health foods, exercise and natural supplementation, whether its juices or wheat grass or berries!
During that time, 805 people developed Parkinson’s disease. In men, the top 20 percent who consumed the most flavonoids were about 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than the bottom 20 percent of male participants who consumed the least amount of flavonoids. In women, there was no relationship between overall flavonoids consumption and developing Parkinson’s disease. However, when sub-classes of flavonoids were examined, regular consumption of anthocyanin’s, which are mainly obtained from berries, were found to be associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.
Naturopathy promotes the use of natural medicine in the form of food and supplements to slowly reverse a condition that has established in the body. Alternative medicine does take longer, but it can permanently reverse these conditions if you stick with naturopathic treatment long enough.