This year alone more than 60,000 of us could be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease—a nervous system disorder that can make everyday tasks, including opening doors and writing, difficult. Thankfully, neurologists have uncovered several powerful, yet surprisingly simple, ways to prevent Parkinson’s disease.
Avoid damage with B’s. Supplementing with a balanced B complex (such as Life Extension’s BioActive Complete B-Complex, $16 for 60, Amazon.com) reduces your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease as much as 35%, recent research suggests. B vitamins break down homocysteine, a normal waste product in cells, before it can damage delicate brain nerves, the study authors explain.
Tame inflammation with turmeric. New research shows that adding one-half teaspoon of turmeric to your daily diet could cut your Parkinson’s disease risk as much as 25 percent. Brain cells easily absorb turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, where it reduces damaging inflammation, explains study co-author Dave Dexter, Ph.D.
Protect your belly with yogurt. You’ve probably heard the healthy bacteria in yogurt can prevents digestive upset like heartburn, bloating and nausea. Now research in the World Journal of Gastroenterology proves it can also protect against Parkinson’s disease! In your intestines, these good bacteria release hormones that help neurons function at their peak, says study co-author Bruno Bonaz, M.D. To ensure your intestines are well-stocked with these brain-boosting dynamos, eat one cup of plain yogurt or two ounces of kefir daily.
Cut your risk 19 percent with cauliflower. Eating three cups of cauliflower weekly could cut your risk of Parkinson’s disease as much as 19%, suggests research in the journal Annals of Neurology. Cauliflower contains an edible (and safe!) form of nicotine that heightens brain-cell function, the study authors say. Other similarly protective foods include bell peppers and eggplant.