As we all know, smoking is bad for your health. But, did you know nicotine actually helps prevent and slow the development of Parkinson’s disease?
Several studies have shown that nicotine could be beneficial for those with Parkinson’s, and the good news is you don’t have to light a cigarette to get these benefits, you can eat nicotine foods.
Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder. Sufferers tremble uncontrollably and experience stiffness in the limbs, have trouble balancing and move slowly. This is caused by a loss of brain cells that produce dopamine and an estimated 10 million people are affected by Parkinson’s disease.
There is no cure for it but a surprising chemical – nicotine – has been shown to help slow its progression – and help prevent it. Vegetables from the Solanaceae family – better known as the nightshade family – contain nicotine. They include peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, chillies and potatoes. Add cauliflower to this list although it is not part of the nightshade family.
Some people have a negative reaction to these foods – they cause joint pain. If you think you may have a food sensitivity to the nightshade family of vegetables, cut them out of your diet for three weeks completely, and then re-introduce them after three weeks.