What makes Parkinson’s so frightening is not just the fact that there’s no cure. And it’s not even the reality that there seems to be no way to stop it, either.
It’s that we don’t have a clue who it’s going to strike. Or really ANYTHING else concrete about this devastating disease.
When it comes to Parkinson’s disease, scientists are still struggling with the basics. They’re still trying to figure who’s most at risk, when it’s going to strike, how the damage sinks in, and why some people develop it and others don’t… even when they have all the supposed risk factors.
But today I’m going to remove some of the fear factor. Because I’ve got the inside scoop on a way to remove the worry and help ensure you never develop this disease or stop it early if it strikes.
But, surprisingly, it doesn’t start in your brain. It begins in your belly.
Boost your belly bugs to save your brain
Here’s what we DO know about Parkinson’s. The alpha-synuclein protein in the brain malfunctions and “folds” into toxic clumps. Basically, producing little bits of garbage that don’t belong there.
Generally, the brain cleans out toxins. But in Parkinson’s, something goes wrong, and these bits of “brain junk” build up. Eventually, they overwhelm the nerve cells you rely on to crank out essential dopamine.
As these cells shut down, you experience the telltale signs of Parkinson’s, including the infamous shakes and tremors.
But that’s where this new study steps in. We’re in the early stages still. But the results so far are exciting.
Block & clear toxic Parkinson’s linked clumps
In experiments on roundworms, a healthy bacteria called Bacillus subtilis essentially gave the nerve cells a new weapon to fight back against those toxic clumps.
The beneficial bugs armed them with the ability to crank out defensive chemicals. The chemicals altered enzyme function in a way that did two remarkable things at once…
- It blocked new toxic clumps from forming
- It cleared the clumps already there
Now, remember, this was a study on worms rather than people. So let’s call this new research “promising” rather than rock-solid evidence at this point.
But, since Bacillus subtilis is readily available in probiotic blends, the researchers expect to be able to move quickly on to studies in mice and then people.
And if it helps there too, no one, including me, will be too surprised. After all, other studies have already made the link in humans between good gut bacteria and better brain function as well as a lower risk of both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
The key in most of those other studies seemed to be not just a single specific strain of healthy probiotic bacteria but a good balance overall. You can get that for yourself with a high-quality multi-strain probiotic supplement that INCLUDES the Bacillus subtilis used in the new experiments.
For best results, combine that supplement with a healthy diet that includes probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt and fermented foods. And don’t forget the prebiotic foods too, such as fiber, to feed those bacteria and keep their populations healthy.
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