Coffee May Help Prevent Parkinson’s, Research Reveals
Parkinson’s disease has been reported to affect over 60,000 people every year in United States. It makes the body stiff hard to balance or coordinate. Till now, no cure has been found. The medical treatments have only been so far helpful as to lessen the symptoms. Due to this, a critical kind of protein is developed inside the brain which triggers cell death.
Researches for several years have found out that coffee might be helpful in guarding the brain against it. Other studies have revealed that de-caffeinated coffee can also be similarly helpful. It shields the brain against the neurological degeneration which happens in Parkinson’s. The elements present in coffee reacts with the system of our body. Specifically, a compound named eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide (EHT) present in coffee can reduce the rate of Parkinson’s. EHT is present in the wax like coating of the coffee beans. It is a fatty acid and unrelated to caffeine. Studies have said it has qualities of anti-inflammation and neurological protection.
More research is being done on whether caffeine and EHT are both enough to fight Parkinson’s. To further the experiment, some mice were given doses of caffeine and EHT. Some were given separately, while other together. Now, a close watch was kept on them to see the potential to lessen the formation of alpha-synuclein which is related to the disease. The results showed that when given separately, the compounds stayed ineffective. However, when consumed together, there was a noticeable reduction in protein formation. Even in case of behavioral tests, mice that had been given EHT and caffeine together showed better results.
Researchers say that what proportion of EHT and caffeine would be perfect to prevent Parkinson’s is yet to be found out. The approximate amount needs to be estimated otherwise people might get misconceptions and overdose themselves with caffeine.