Coffee compounds can help combat Parkinsons

Henrietta Strickland
December 14, 2018

Scientists of Rutgers University (USA) came to the conclusion that coffee contains a substance that along with caffeine may slow the development of Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. According to experts, in the human body coffee may slow down or halt the progression of Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies (neurodegenerative dementia). There is now no cure for either disease. The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She is also the William Dow Lovett Professor of Neurology at Rutgers.

In this latest study, researchers focused on EHT (Eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide). EHT is a fatty acid derivative of the neurotransmitter serotonin found in coffee beans' coating.

In rodents, in which were two of the aforementioned components of coffee, in the brain were observed accumulations of the protein alpha-synuclein. Lewy body dementia, one of the most common forms of dementia, affects more than one million people in the United States.

Could two coffee compounds work together?

They gave mice small doses of caffeine or EHT separately as well as together. More importantly, in combination, could they offer even greater brain protection?

It is a slowly progressive disease of degenerative nature, which is characterized by selective lesions of the neurons of the brain.

Only the symptoms of Parkinson's disease can be treated by available drugs, which cannot protect the brain against degeneration. No treatment today can protect against the degeneration of the brain.

Dr Mouradian said further research is needed to determine the proper amounts and ratio of EHT and caffeine required for the protective effect in people.

Regarding how much EHT there is in coffee, Prof.

"EHT is a chemical compound found in many coffees". "It is important that the appropriate amount and ratio be determined so people don't over-caffeinate themselves, as that can have negative health consequences". Parkinson's malady is a mind issue influencing about one million individuals, that can prompt flimsiness and issues strolling, parity and coordination.

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