‘’when a friend invites you to grab a glass of wine after a difficult day at work you may be doing your brain some good”

Emobileclinic Researcher’s corner

Most people would have read one thing or the other about red wine and its benefits. Most studies favour the intake of red wine with its association to improve cardiovascular disease. The last reported study review of red wine did not favour women as it proved that any amount moderate or not is risky for women. A research is talking about the benefit of beer in a certain disease and interestingly it is a group research by National Institute of Health- AARP Diet and Health.

The group looked into the drinking habit of about 300,000 men and women between the age of 50 to 71 who had Parkinson’s disease and they had this to say;

‘’when a friend invites you to grab a glass of wine after a difficult day at work you may be doing your brain some good—as long as one glass doesn’t turn into three’’. Several studies have shown that moderate consumption of alcohol such as ‘’one drink per day for women and two per day for men…lower risk of neurologic illness’’ the researchers said.

According to the study under the review which was published in PLOS ONE ,improvement of parkinson’s disease was noticed in people who drink up to 12 ounce beers a day and ‘’drinking more than two 1.5-ounce servings of liquor per day correlated with an increased risk’’ Beer is said to contain purine which when combine with ethanol produces urate ‘’an acid that devours free radicals, harmful molecules that damage cells and may contribute to aging’’ The presence of urate, vitamin B3 and high levels of niacin in beer have been reported to be the cause of improvement in parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease

This disease affects movement due to problem with certain nerve cells in the brain. There is no known cause for this, but usually the nerve cells produce a chemical known as dopamine which is responsible for signal dispatch to the brain. It is the information sent that the brain processed. With Parkinson disease, there is a breakdown of the nerve which affects dopamine and thus affects movement. This disease can get better or worst over a period of time. The known symptoms of this diseases are; Shaking and trembling (mostly affected are hands, arms and legs), slow movement, trouble walking, stiffness of muscle. At the very advanced stage of Parkinson, there could be loss of memory- dementia and inability to speak.





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