Coffee and Parkinson’s

COFFEE MAY HELP SOME PARKINSON’S DISEASE MOVEMENT SYMPTOMS, RESEARCH SUGGESTS

Coffee and ParkinsonsScienceDaily®: Aug. 1, 2012 — While drinking coffee with caffeine each day does not appear to reduce sleepiness among people with Parkinson’s disease, it may have a benefit in controlling movement, according to new research published in the August 1, 2012, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“Studies have shown that people who use caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, but this is one of the first studies in humans to show that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease,” said study author Ronald Postuma, MD, MSc, with McGill University in Montreal and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center. Postuma is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

For the study, 61 people with Parkinson’s disease who showed symptoms of daytime sleepiness and some motor symptoms were given either a placebo pill or a pill with 100 milligrams of caffeine two times a day for three weeks, then 200 milligrams twice a day for three weeks, which was the equivalent of between two and four cups of coffee per day.

After six weeks, the half that took the caffeine supplements averaged a five-point improvement in Parkinson’s severity ratings compared to those who didn’t consume caffeine. “This is a modest improvement, but may be enough to provide benefit to patients. On the other hand, it may not be sufficient to explain the relationship between caffeine non-use and Parkinson’s, since studies of the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms early in the disease suggest that a five-point reduction would delay diagnosis by only six months,” said Postuma.

The caffeine group also averaged a three-point improvement in the speed of movement and amount of stiffness compared to the placebo group. Caffeine did not appear to help improve daytime sleepiness and there were no changes in quality of life, depression or sleep quality in study participants.

“The study is especially interesting since caffeine seems to block a malfunctioning brain signal in Parkinson’s disease and is so safe and inexpensive,” said Michael Schwarzschild, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who wrote an accompanying editorial. “Although the results do not suggest that caffeine should be used as a treatment in Parkinson’s disease, they can be taken into consideration when people with Parkinson’s are discussing their caffeine use with their neurologist.” Schwarzschild is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

The study authors noted that the length of the study was short and that the effects of caffeine may lessen over time.

The study was supported by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Webster Foundation.

Parkinson’s Resource Organization learned about other IMPORTANT HEALTH FACTORS involved in a specific coffee called VIDACUP and is launching representation of their products on the website http://parkinsonsresource.org/healthy-products/, making healthy coffee available to people with Parkinson’s, as well as those who drink coffee and want to drink a healthier brand.

Vidacup was founded by an innovative team of professionals dedicated to changing lives around the world through exceptional functional beverages infused with highly effective nutritional products while providing a rewarding opportunity for those who want to share them.

Vidacup is focusing on the coffee niche because of its large market potential and the social nature of the product.

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About 40 years ago, some researchers noticed the natives from the Peidade region had some unusual characteristics. They were healthier than people of similar ages who lived in other parts of the world. And, they appeared to be much younger than people of the same age. The researchers were curious about how the natives were able to have better health and to look and feel younger. They may live to be over 100, but still felt and looked far younger.

The researchers were intrigued and started to try to determine why the Peidade people were in good health, and eventually they determined the Agaricus Blazei mushroom had many health benefits for these people.

Agaricus Blazei spores were sent to researchers in Japan and they studied the mushroom. The researchers found the beta glucans and a variety of powerful nutrients in the mushrooms, were why the people of Peidade had good health and long life.

Once they understood the makeup of the Peidade Agaricus Blazei, the researchers started creating a variety of hybrids, to develop a stronger mushroom with even more health benefits. After a number of experiments, they created a hybrid with the Peidade Algaricus Blazei and another from the coast of California. This turned out to be the most powerful combination – it’s called H1X1. To learn more about this Mushroom and the Vidacup products go to the website http://parkinsonsresource.org/healthy-products/ and click on VIDACUP. Once on the Vidacup page click on “Products”

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