1. High Vitamin E = Less Parkinson's Disease Risk
Those who have a lot of Vitamin E in their diet also have a significantly lower risk of developing Parkinson's Disease.
2. Vitamin E Rich Foods
Legumes, including peas and chickpeas, have a particularly strong protective effect against Parkinson's Diseases
3. Prevention, Not Cure
However, as far as we know, this effect only applies to preventing Parkinson's Disease, not curing it.
What is it?
Dopaminergic neurons in the brain
# of Americans
900,000+ Americans have Parkinson's Disease.
Before Age 50
Only 4% of cases are diagnosed before age 50.
- TypeFat Soluble
- Other Namesα-tocopherol
- SourcesDiet, Liver
Amount per day
Source: Institute of Medicine
Types of Foods
Nuts & Seeds
Sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and almonds
Rare in healthy individuals
This study suggests that a diet rich in Vitamin E may protect against Parkinson's Disease. However, taking supplements themselves may not help.
This study suggested that eating lots of Legumes, including peas and lentils, correlated with a significantly lower risk of Parkinson's Disease. While the study doesn't specifically find benefits for Vitamin E, the high Vitamin E content of these foods supports the link between Vitamin E and Parkinson's Disease.
How they work
Antioxidants prevent cell damage by counteracting free radicals.
Effect on Disease
Research on Antioxidants and disease prevention has shown mixed results.
Berries & Fruit
Your body makes vitamin A with beta-carotene, commonly found in carrots.
Found in all sorts of fruits, Vitamin C is a very commonly consumed antioxidant.
Vitamin E can be found in nuts and seeds.
Vitamin E Benefits
"The body also needs vitamin E to help keep the immune system strong against viruses and bacteria. Vitamin E is also important in the formation of red blood cells. It helps the body use vitamin K. It also helps widen blood vessels and keep blood from clotting inside them."
Risk Factors for Parkinson's Disease
"Most experts agree that PD is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors (chemicals, toxins, head trauma). The interactions between genes and the environment can be quite complex. Some environmental exposures may lower the risk of PD, while others may increase it. "
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