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Does caffeine protect against Parkinson’s disease? A preliminary study

Isabella Brown (Isabella Brown is an MSc Student with the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 December 2002



This preliminary paper reviews recent evidence that suggests that there is a strong link between increasing consumption of caffeine and reduced incidence of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease currently affects 1 in 1,000 of the general population and has no cure. Whilst the biological changes resulting in Parkinson’s disease symptoms are well known, the initial cause of these is not. Should a relatively simple lifestyle factor such as caffeine be proven to protect against Parkinson’s disease, then this represents a major breakthrough in knowledge about the disease.



Brown, I. (2002), "Does caffeine protect against Parkinson’s disease? A preliminary study", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 227-230.




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