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Could fish prevent Parkinson's?

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A new study, from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, published in Nature indicates the possibility that eating more fish could prevent Parkinson's.

Commenting on the study, Professor David Dexter, Deputy Director of Research at Parkinson's UK, said:

"This study is promising, but we still do not know whether protein, which is believed to have the ability to enter the bloodstream, can enter the brain. As such, any ability to slow the progression of Parkinson's could be lost.

"Having said that, for those who have yet to develop Parkinson's, there is potential, but more research is required to determine how much affect eating a diet high in fish may have on a person's future risk.

"Eating more fish could be positive dietary change for many, however, and could be part of the reason Mediterranean diets appears to be linked to a lower risk of the condition."

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About Parkinson's UK

Every hour, 2 people are told they have Parkinson's.

It affects 145,000 people in the UK – which is around 1 in every 350 adults.

Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity. 

Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.