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International Healthcare News: Berries 'could lower Parkinson's risk'

Expatriate healthcare insurance customers might be interested to learn that eating more berries could reduce their risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Indeed, recent research, due to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 63rd annual meeting, has found that a range of foods high in flavonoids have a beneficial effect on lowering the likelihood of Parkinson's.

Along with berries, apples, oranges and chocolate were highlighted as beneficial.

However, while an overall high intake of flavonoids was seen to be helpful for men, women only showed a reduced rate of Parkinson's when they consumed a specific group of flavonoids found in berries.

Author Xiang Geo commented: "Our findings suggest that flavonoids, specifically a group called anthocyanins, may have neuroprotective effects."

The study involved 50,000 men and over 80,000 women, who were requested to fill in questionnaires on their diet and flavonoid intake.

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