By Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 16:11 GMT, 14 January 2020 | Updated: 16:20 GMT, 14 January 2020
A common gut bacteria could slow – and even reverse – the build-up of a protein linked to Parkinson's, research suggests.
Scientists found bacillus subtilis, a probiotic, blocked the formation of toxic clumps that starve the brain of dopamine in people with the condition.
The chemical allows messages to be sent to and from regions of the brain that co-ordinate movement.
Microorganisms in the gut are believed to play a role in the initiation of Parkinson's in some cases.
It explains why three quarters of sufferers have gastrointestinal (GI) abnormalities, with many complaining of constipation.
Bacillus subtilis is thought to prevent and clear away the build-up of alpha-synuclein proteins by rebalancing the gut microbiome.
A common bacteria that boosts digestive health can slow – and even reverse – build-up of a protein linked to Parkinson's disease, research suggests
Researchers from the universities of Edinburgh and Dundee say the 'exciting' finding could pave the way for future studies that gauge how supplements impact the incurable condition.
In the brains of people with Parkinson's, the alpha-synuclein protein misfolds and builds up, forming toxic clumps.
These plaques are associated with the death of nerve cells responsible for producing dopamine.
Parkinson's disease affects one in 500 people, and around 127,000 people in the UK live with the condition.
Figures also suggest one million Americans also suffer.
It causes muscle stiffness, slowness of movement, tremors, sleep disturbance, chronic fatigue, an impaired quality of life and