New Study Shows Eating Fish Could Help Prevent Parkinson’s Disease

Must Read

Meet 97-Year-old Kenneth Kaunda, the only African Independence Leader from the 1960s Still Alive

Kenneth David Kaunda also known as KK, is a Zambian former politician who led Zambia to independence from British rule in 1964 and served as the country’s first president until 1991.

Archaeologists Uncover Oldest Human Burial in Kenya

Archaeologists have identified the oldest known human burial in Africa during field work that uncovered the remains of a child laid carefully to rest in a grave nearly 80,000 years ago.

Tani Adewumi: 10 Year Old Nigerian is Now a US National Chess Master

Nigerian American Tani Adewumi is only 10 years old, but he has just become a U.S. Chess National Master...



A diet high in fish could be the key to preventing Parkinson’s disease, a new study from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden found.

New Study Shows Eating Fish Could Prevent Parkinson's Disease
Image source: honest-food.net

According to the study, Parvalbumin, a protein found in high quantities in several different types of fish species, could stave off the degenerative disease by preventing the formation of certain protein structures closely associated with it.

Although fish has long been considered a healthy food for its high content of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids and their long-term positive cognitive effects, the new research shows parvalbumin may also contribute to the prevention of Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s is a disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine. Parkinson’s disease symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and gait. After diagnosis, treatments can help relieve symptoms, but there is no cure.

A signature marker of Parkinson’s disease is amyloid formation of the protein alpha-synuclein. The researchers discovered that parvalbumin forms amyloid structures that combine together with the alpha-synuclein proteins and “scavenges” them, using them for its own purposes in a way that prevents the harmful proteins from forming potentially destructive structures later, according to the study.

Because parvalbumin is so abundant in fish, increasing intake of this food could be one easy way to thwart Parkinson’s disease , a neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system that results in tremors, balance problems and limb rigidity.

Co-author Nathalie Scheers, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at Chalmers University, said in the study that fish are more nutritious at the end of the summer and levels of the beneficial protein are higher because they’ve been exposed to more sun.

“Fish is normally a lot more nutritious at the end of the summer, because of increased metabolic activity,” Scheers said. “Levels of parvalbumin are much higher in fish after they have had a lot of sun, so it could be worthwhile increasing consumption during autumn.”



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to receive email updates

With a subscription profile, you automatically receive updates without having to return to the website and check for changes

Just In

Meet 97-Year-old Kenneth Kaunda, the only African Independence Leader from the 1960s Still Alive

Kenneth David Kaunda also known as KK, is a Zambian former politician who led Zambia to independence from British rule in 1964 and served as the country’s first president until 1991.

Archaeologists Uncover Oldest Human Burial in Kenya

Archaeologists have identified the oldest known human burial in Africa during field work that uncovered the remains of a child laid carefully to rest in a grave nearly 80,000 years ago.

Tani Adewumi: 10 Year Old Nigerian is Now a US National Chess Master

Nigerian American Tani Adewumi is only 10 years old, but he has just become a U.S. Chess National Master with a rating of 2223. Tani...

World’s Best Dads: The Loving Fathers of the Aka Tribe in Central Africa

In the Aka tribe of Central Africa, fathers spend more time with their children than most parents in industrialized societies.

Biblical Justification for Slavery: Interpreting the Curse of Ham

The biblical story of Genesis 9:20-27 has always left more readers confused than informed. Like the story of Job and many Old Testament stories,...

More Articles Like This