Coffee can help control Parkinson's tremors
Coffee can help tame the tremors caused by Parkinson's disease, research has shown.
Scientists gave 61 patients caffeine pills equivalent to drinking two to four cups of coffee a day, or an inactive "dummy" treatment. After six weeks, those taking the caffeine averaged a five-point improvement in symptom severity ratings.
"Studies have shown that people who use caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, but this is one of the first studies in humans to show that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease," said lead researcher Dr Ronald Postuma, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
"This is a modest improvement, but may be enough to provide benefit to patients."
The caffeine group also averaged a three-point improvement in speed of movement and stiffness compared with non-treated patients.
The findings are reported in the online issue of the medical journal Neurology.
Source - Independent