A review of eight studies that looked into whether vitamin E had an impact on the odds of developing the progressive brain disease showed that a moderate intake lowered the risk.
"Our data suggest that diets rich in vitamin E protect against the development of Parkinson's disease," said Dr. Mayhar Etminan, of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Quebec, Canada, in a report in The Lancet Neurology journal.
The scientists, who looked at relevant studies from 1966 to March 2005, said more research is needed to confirm their findings.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Foods rich in the vitamin include nuts, seeds, wheat germ, spinach and other green leafy vegetables.
Courtesy of Reuters 5/23/2005