Current treatments for Parkinson’s disease, like most pharmaceuticals, are associated with serious side effects. But researchers at State Key Laboratory of Brain & Cognitive Science in Beijing have found a safe and promising alternative: green tea.

In a new study published in Biological Psychiatry , researchers investigated the effects of green tea polyphenols in an animal model. They found that polyphenols help to protect the dopamine-producing brain cells that are lost as a result of Parkinson’s disease.

Enjoy the brain-saving benefits of green tea every day. Look for organic green tea, which is higher in powerful phytonutrients and grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

[Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the founder and CEO of Healing Gourmet (, and is editor-in-chief of the Healing Gourmet book series. Learn more about how simple lifestyle choices can improve your health by reading ETR’s free natural health e-letter.]

Kelley Herring

Kelley Herring is the Founder & CEO of Healing Gourmet – a multimedia company that educates on how foods promote health and protect against disease. As a young adult, Kelley battled a debilitating health condition that went misdiagnosed by multiple doctors for more than a year. Finding no help from “modern medicine”, she turned to her own knowledge of biochemistry and her passion for health research. She soon learned that her symptoms were related to nutrition and within weeks, she charted a course back to health with nothing more than simple lifestyle changes and the power of the plate. The lessons she learned spawned the creation of Healing Gourmet. Kelley is a firm believer in vigorous exercise, moderate sun exposure and delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals. She is also the creator of Healing Gourmet’s Personalized Nutrition Software and Editor-in-Chief of the Healing Gourmet book series published by McGraw-Hill including Eat to Fight Cancer, Eat to Beat Diabetes, Eat to Lower Cholesterol and Eat to Boost Fertility.