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   Aug 11

Chocolate could ease Parkinson’s: Low levels of dopamine have been linked to symptoms of the disease, such as shaking

Researchers testing if daily chocolate supplements can help

Cocoa contains phenylethylamine, shown to increase release of dopamine

May reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Could daily chocolate supplements reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease? That’s the thinking behind a new trial at Dresden University of Technology in Germany.

Around 30 patients will be given 50g of either white chocolate, which contains no cocoa, or dark chocolate (85 per cent cocoa) twice daily for a week. They’ll then receive the other type of chocolate in a second week. The differences in their symptoms will be compared.

Parkinson’s disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in the part of the brain that produces dopamine, which helps co-ordinate body movement. Low levels of the hormone have been linked to symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as shaking.

The cocoa in chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which has been shown to increase the release of dopamine

Source: Daily Mail

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