Does Common Chemical Pose Parkinson’s Disease Risk?

Does common chemical pose Parkinson’s disease risk? Now, the latest study in rats showed that herbicide — chemical substances – and a food-derived chemical compound can together generate symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Its a progressive nervous system disorder that affects the nerve cells in the brain. The common symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremors, psychological issues, and physical changes, and changes in speech and gait. The disease is most common in older adults, therefore, the condition is spreading s the population grows older. There is no cure and no way to prevent the condition.

Several experiments have shown that exposure to a herbicide called paraquat can cause Parkinson’s-like symptoms in rodents. The United States banned herbicide 2007.

in a recent study, the researchers at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey wanted to discover whether or not paraquat could produce a developing risk of Parkinson’s disease. Their findings were published in the journal NPJ Parkinson’s Disease.

The team fed small doses of paraquat to rats for 7 days. The researchers also fed them lectins, proteins found in foods such as grains, eggs, and raw vegetables. The team then tested the motor function of animals and identified Parkinson’s-related changes.

“We administered levodopa, which is a common medication for Parkinson’s disease. We saw a return to almost normal types of motor responses, which was a clear indication that we were looking at some sort of Parkinsonism,” said senior study author Prof. Alberto Travagli.

The study believes lectins could be responsible to form an association between paraquat and Parkinson’s.