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Does a Pepper a Day Keep Parkinson’s Away?

Chili Pepper

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  • Eating peppers – but not other vegetables in the Solanaceae family -- was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of Parkinson’s disease in a new study
  • The association was strongest among those who had never smoked, and it’s thought the nicotine naturally found in the peppers may have a neuroprotective benefit
  • Although Parkinson’s disease is said to have no known cause, eating a varied whole-foods diet that includes healthful veggies like peppers appears to be one simple way to lower your risk
  • Avoiding exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, industrial solvents and mercury is also important in avoiding Parkinson’s

By Dr. Mercola

Surprisingly, despite the dramatically increased risk of cancer and related adverse health effects associated with smoking cigarettes, smoking has actually been found to be associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system.

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