Study Suggests Eating Blueberries, Other Purple Fruits May Ward Off MS

It seems that the right diet may help prevent diseases like MS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. A study from the University of Manchester reports that eating blueberries and other kinds of purple fruits may help ward off multiple sclerosis and other diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The report is published in the journal Archives of Toxicology.

Research conducted by Professor Douglas Kell, Professor of Bioanalytical Science at the University of Manchester and author of the study, has found that a majority of debilitating illnesses that affect people are caused in part by poorly-bound iron that may further cause the production of dangerous toxins in the body and react with other functions in the body. Called as hydroxyl radicals, these dangerous toxins may be causing different kinds of degenerative diseases in various parts of the body.

According to the study made by Professor Kell, one way to protect the body from the results of having poorly-bound iron is to take on nutrients known as iron chelators which can bind the iron tightly. Eating purple fruits like blueberries seem to provide the best sources of iron chelators, with bright colored fruits and vegetables as well as green tea also known as good sources of such nutrients.

The said report may be the first time that a link has been made between the presence of the wrong form of iron and a number of degenerative diseases such as MS. This will provide a new insight on how diseases like MS may be prevented or at least slow them down.

Source: University of Manchester. “Blueberries and other purple fruits to ward off Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s.” ScienceDaily 8 December 2010. 14 December 2010 <http://www.sciencedaily.comĀ­ /releases/2010/12/101208083541.htm>

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