Caffeine 'improves Parkinson's symptoms'

2nd August 2012

The caffeine found in coffee, tea and soft drinks could ease the symptoms in people with Parkinson's, new research has revealed.

A study published in the journal Neurology found that consuming the substance could help people with the neurodegenerative condition to control their movement.

The scientists studied a team of 61 people with Parkinson's. The control group were given a placebo while the others received a 100mg dose of caffeine twice a day for three weeks and then 200mg twice a day for another three weeks.

Lead author Dr Ronald Postuma noted that those who took a caffeine supplement saw an improvement in their motor symptoms in comparison to those patients who took the placebo.

He added: "This was due to improvement in speed of movement and a reduction in stiffness."

The scientist called for larger scale studies to further investigate the potential therapeutic benefits of caffeine for people with Parkinson's.

"Caffeine should be explored as a treatment option for Parkinson's disease. It may be useful as a supplement to medication and could therefore help reduce patient dosages," concluded Dr Postuma.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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