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Findings of some of the researches may also provide us with life-style tips to manage the disease symptoms better.

As for diet is concerned, one interesting find is that elevated levels of Vitamin D may lead to fewer cognitive problems. Another research revealed the importance of cranberry juice in protecting the brain cells. Yet another research found good effects of Mediterranean diet in managing the symptoms.

Another study revealed the importance of exercise in managing the symptoms of PD.

As for the environmental factors, one study hinted at exposure to chemicals as an important risk factor for the disease.

Following are the details about these studies along with the findings:


Higher vitamin-D levels associate to fewer cognitive problems

Vitamin D is crucial for controlling the activity of the neurological system in addition to maintaining the body's calcium levels. The findings of a study revealed that patients with higher levels of vitamin D were less likely to experience cognitive impairment or dementia and that those with Parkinson's often had lower vitamin D levels than healthy individuals. The results suggest further investigation on whether vitamin D supplements may be helpful for these patients, the researchers said, even if they do not provide conclusive answers about a cause-and-effect relationship between vitamin D and cognitive performance in Parkinson's.

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Cranberry juice provides potential to protect brain cells

Cranberries have high amounts of antioxidant chemicals called polyphenols. Antioxidants can combat oxidative stress, a type of cell damage implicated in Parkinson's. Research suggests that cranberry may offer a good supplement to Parkinson's treatment regimens. But more research is needed to optimize the appropriate dose for each individual patient.

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Mediterranean diets linked to reduced symptom burden

Mediterranean diets encourage a higher consumption rate of olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, poultry, beans, nuts, and wine, while discouraging the consumption of foods such as red meat, butter or margarine, and pastries or sweets. These diets have gained popularity because of the supposed advantages they offer for neurological and general health. Particularly, it is believed that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities of such diets reduce the incidence of neurodegenerative illnesses like Parkinson's or postpone the start of these conditions.

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Exercise can help reduce symptoms of PD

Exercise, such as boxing, increases neurotrophic factors, small molecules that promote brain growth. High-intensity exercise among Parkinson's patients improves information-processing ability. Exercise may also help tamp down chronic inflammation, often a hallmark of neurologic disorders. Experts say patients should not wait for research-based specifics to start exercising.

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Chemical exposure can be a risk factor for neurodegenerative illnesses

For neurodegenerative illnesses like Parkinson's, exposure to harmful environmental elements, such as pesticides and air pollution, is a major risk factor. The researchers stressed the need for additional measures to prevent such exposures when presenting the findings of their study, and they urged regulatory bodies to take environmental contaminants' effects on neurodegenerative illness into account. The researchers also called for increased funding for preventive measures and advocacy.

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