Beat Parkinson's with pie?
It's 3 a.m., and you're shaking like a dog pooping razor blades. Your heart is beating through your chest, and everywhere you look you see terrifying hallucinations. The walls are melting. Dark, hooded figures surround you.
And finally, when you just can't take it any more, you vomit all over yourself.
No, friend, you haven't been stricken with some mysterious new illness. This evening of hell was brought to you courtesy of a powerful, million-dollar medication designed to make you well!
If you suffer from Parkinson's disease, you've likely already been living this nightmare for far too long. Big Pharma's answer for the stiffness and tremors of Parkinson's disease has been a class of sledgehammer drugs that can leave everything from your bowels to your brain in tatters.
But Canadian scientists say help may be on the way -- all thanks to a powerful little berry you can pop by the handful or bake into a delicious pie!
It sounds strange -- but stick with me. You see, when you're suffering from Parkinson's disease, a nasty gene called alpha-synuclein builds up on your neurons like grime in a filthy bathtub. It blocks levels of dopamine your body and brain need to stay healthy, and your motor skills start going to hell in a hand basket.
But when scientists tested regular ol' blueberry extract on fruit flies, it didn't just keep levels of alpha-synuclein in check -- it actually increased the flies' lifespan by an impressive 15%.
Now 15% of a fruit fly's life may not add up to much, but researchers say it could translate to an extra eight years of healthy, active living for you!
It's a big jump from fruit fly studies to human trials, but blueberries are packed with flavonoids and could help fight diabetes or keep your cholesterol in check naturally, so there's no reason you can't start enjoying them today. And, if you're lucky, they just may be a sweet way to ditch those sickening Parkinson's meds for good.