Sunday, December 3

Natural Food Ingredient May Treat Parkinson’s Disease

Sesaminol – a chemical abundantly found in empty and waste-thrown shells of sesame, reveals protective effects against Parkinson’s disease, as per a study at Osaka City University.

Sesame seed oil (known for its nutty aroma and high burn-point) is made by extracting the fatty oils from sesame seeds with the empty shells thrown out as waste. The findings fit the age old saying – “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects movement due to loss of nerve cells – neurons that produce a chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) in the brain called dopamine (black substance). It is mostly caused due to oxidative stress i.e., neurons in the brain come under extreme pressure from an imbalance between antioxidants and reactive oxygen species (ROS).