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Eating Berries, Drinking Tea May Cut Men's Risk for Parkinson's  

Hemera/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- While Parkinson's disease is on the rise, now there may be a way to reduce the probability of men getting the disorder of the central nervous system, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
Research from Harvard University suggest that eating foods such as berries and apples and drinking tea and red wine may protect you against the disease. That's because these food and drink items are rich in flavonoids, a water-soluble pigment, that helps to inhibit the onset of Parkinson's.

Researchers studied around 130,000 men and women for over 20 years, and 800 developed Parkinson's.

Among men, there was a 40-percent decrease in developing Parkinson's disease for those who ate the most flavonoids compared to those who ate the least.

Eating berries more than five times a week apparently had the strongest benefit -- but only for men. It is still unclear why flavonoids have no measurable impact on preventing Parkinson's disease for women.

"For total flavonoids, the beneficial result was only in men," said lead author of the study, Dr. Xiang Gao, a research scientist at Harvard School of Public Health. "But, berries are protective in both men and women."
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Coffee, Tea Consumption Could Lower Risk of Brain Cancer

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- Regular consumption of coffee and tea may help lower the risk of developing brain cancer, new research shows.  As HealthDay News reports, the study finds that people who consume as little as a half cup of these beverages could lower their chances by as much as 34 percent.

Researchers tracked the dietary habits of more than 410,000 people between the ages of 25 and 70 for eight-and-a-half years.  By comparing drinking patterns against incidents of brain cancer, the research team found that drinking 0.4 cups or more of either beverage daily decreased their chances of developing brain cancer, especially glioma, a cancer of the central nervous system.

Previous research has already shown that coffee and tea may also help lower the chances of developing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

The notion that coffee and tea might accrue an anti-cancer health benefit to regular drinkers builds on previous research that has indicated that the beverages may also lower the risk for both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease´╗┐.

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