Berry protective

| Post published on June 3, 2012
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There are many benefits to plant foods and one of the latest studies looking at the intake of flavonoids and the risk of developing Parkinson disease, confirmed it once again. Flavonoids are a group of natural compounds found only in plants and it’s been shown many times before that they have antioxidant properties and might be nerve-protecting. The food diaries of nearly 130,000 participants of this study were followed for 20 to 22 years. At the end of the study, scientists analysed the data and found that those who consumed the most berries – a food group particularly rich in a specific type of flavonoids (anthocyanins) – had significantly lower risk of developing Parkinson disease. Berries are an excellent source of many important nutrients and a very natural food for the human body. If you can’t afford to buy fresh berries or they are not in season, go for frozen – they are almost as good as fresh and more wallet-friendly!

Gao, X. et al., 2012. Habitual intake of dietary flavonoids and risk of Parkinson disease. Neurology. 78 (15) 1138-1145.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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