Nicotine in Capsicum May Reduce Parkinson’s Risk

Posted by juggernautPT on August 05, 2013

Nicotine in Capsicum May Reduce Parkinson’s Risk
Nicotine in capsicum may reduce Parkinson’s risk

A recent study has found that eating capsicums, tomatoes and other vegetables that contain small amounts of nicotine may cut your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

It may seem counterintuitive to find a health benefit associated with smoking, but previous studies have found a positive link between tobacco use and lower Parkinson’s risk. Naturally unwilling to promote smoking, researchers sought to discover whether the link was evident in other, healthier forms of nicotine consumption.

In a study of the dietary and nicotine consumption habits of 1,150 people, around half of whom had Parkinson’s, a team from the University of Washington in Seattle found that  the more vegetables from the nicotine-containing Solanaceae family – and in particular capsicums – people ate, the lower their risk of developing the disease.

Study author Dr Susan Searles Nielsen said; ‘Our study is the first to investigate dietary nicotine and risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Similar to the many studies that indicate tobacco use might reduce risk of Parkinson's, our findings also suggest a protective effect from nicotine, or perhaps a similar but less toxic chemical in peppers (capsicum) and tobacco.’

Source: Annals of Neurology


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