Many people are surprised to learn that Parkinson’s disease is a relatively common type of movement disorder, affecting approximately one percent of men and women over the age of 60. Currently, there is no cure for the disease; however, scientists are hard at work trying to find ways to protect against its advancement. Recently, researchers determined that green tea might help slow the progression of Parkinson’s, offering sufferers new hope for potential treatment options.
Protecting Brain Neurons
A study out of NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in Singapore appears to have identified a relationship between a protein in the human body and a component of green tea (EGCG) that could provide cellular protection against the damaging effects of Parkinson’s disease.
In conducting their study, researchers experimented on fruit flies which had developed the progressive and degenerative neurological disease. After treating the flies with EGCG, researchers noticed a significant retention of brain neurons when compared to untreated flies, which showed continued deterioration.
Within the next three to five years, scientists hope to begin clinical trials using human subjects, which may lead to the development of a more potent pharmaceutical drug that could mimic and enhance the positive effects of EGCG.
Until that Day
Researchers continue to encroach on breakthroughs that might one day result in a cure for Parkinson’s. Unfortunately, they may take years to reach their goal. That said, if this recent study is correct, Parkinson’s sufferers may benefit right now from drinking more green tea. Unfortunately, this may only offer preventative help against further progression of the disease.
In the meantime, patients can get noticeable relief from Parkinson’s symptoms by wearing oral appliances, which have the ability to stop or diminish the tremors associated with the disease. To learn more, contact Dr. Winber's office online or call (303) 691-0267 today.