World Parkinson's Day: Coffee, Nuts & Fish Can Boost Brain Power
Stop Cognitive Decline, Early
Parkinson's Disease, a neurodegenerative disorder, is affecting the ageing population's mobility and locomotion.
The disabling disease occurs in elderly (between age 50 and 65) when the brain cells get damaged. The brain's natural chemical 'dopamine' is in charge of the nerve cell communication. The disease develops when the brain is unable to produce dopamine, and starts abnormally storing a protien called 'Lewy bodies' in substantia nigra, a part which controls movement.
The symptoms of the disease - rest tremors, bradykinesia or slow movements, and muscle stiffness or rigidity - develop gradually over the years. In most cases the cause of the condition is not known.
On World Parkinson's Day, here are few food items that can boost your cognitive skill, and keep the disease at bay.
According to a study conducted by Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology, a protein called parvalbumin - which is common in many fish species -can improve long-term cognitive health. The fish protein uses the Parkinson's protein for its own use, preventing them from harming the brain cells.
The Journal stressed the roasting process of coffee beans. When coffee is roasted, it generates Phenylindanes that inhibits two proteins - beta-amyloid and tau - from clumping. Hence, dark roasted coffee beans are better than light roasted as the process leads to higher phenylindanes quantities.
The other study suggested that a new compound found in coffee - EHT (Eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide - can fight against Parkinson's disease.
A study submitted by the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil says that consuming a low-calorie diet can protect the brain from neuronal cell death that can lead to Parkinson's. It also said that eating more calories directly influences the performance of various cells.
Santa Of The Plant World
According to a study published in the journal Redox Biology, a native California shrub - Yerba santa (Eriodictyon californicum) - holds the key to reversing neurological disease symptoms.
The plant contains a compound called Sterubin that removes iron, which contributes to nerve cell damage in neurodegenerative diseases.
The shrub is also known for treating respiratory ailments, fever and headaches.
The study by researchers from the University of South Australia have found out that eating more than 10 grams of nuts every day (preferably peanuts) can keep age-related mental disorders at bay. People who eat 2 teaspoons of nuts daily can improve their cognitive skills by up to 60 per cent, compared to people who don't.
Add these superfoods to your diet, and keep your brain healthy.