Treating Parkinson’s Disease With Diet

Caffeine consumption appears to help prevent Parkinson’s, but what if you already have the condition? A recent study found that giving folks the equivalent of about two cups of coffee a day worth of caffeine significantly improved symptoms of the disease. Of course, there’s only so much you can charge for coffee, so drug companies took caffeine and added a few side groups so they could patent it into new drugs (Preladenant and Istradefylline). These drugs appear to work no better than plain caffeine, which is dramatically cheaper and probably safer. You can see more of the risks and benefits of coffee and caffeine in†Coffee and Cancer and†What About the Caffeine?

7 Coffee Pros & Cons

Similarly, certain plants, such as berries, and plant-based diets in general may help prevent Parkinson’s. See my last Care2 post Avoiding Dairy to Prevent Parkinsonís. This may be partially because of pollutants that magnify up the food chain into the meat and dairy supply, but it could also be from the protective phytonutrients in healthy plant foods. For example, as you can see in the above video, I profile a case report in which a dietician struck with Parkinsonís was able to successfully clear most of her symptoms with a plant-based diet rich in strawberries, whole wheat, and brown rice. These are rich sources of two particular phytonutrients, N-hexacosanol and fisetin, but there hadn’t been a formal interventional trial published, until now.

At its root, Parkinson’s is a dopamine deficiency disease due to a die-off of dopamine-generating cells in the brain. These cells make dopamine from L-dopa derived from an amino acid in our diet. Just like we saw with the serotonin story I described in my three-part series†The Wrong Way to Boost Serotonin,†A Better Way to Boost Serotonin, and†The Best Way to Boost Serotonin, the consumption of animal products blocks the transport of L-dopa into the brain, crowding it out.† With this knowledge, researchers first tried what’s called a “protein redistribution diet.” This is where people could only eat meat for supper so the patients would hopefully be sleeping by the time the negative effects of the animal protein hit.

The researchers didn’t consider cutting out all animal products altogether until it was discovered that fiber consumption naturally boosts L-dopa levels. Thus, a plant-based diet would be expected to raise levodopa bioavailability and bring some advantages in the management of the disease through two mechanisms: reduced animal protein intake and an increased fiber intake. That’s why plant protein is superior, because that’s where fiber is found. So researchers put folks on a strictly vegan diet, saving beans for the end of the day, and indeed found a significant improvement in symptoms.

More on what fiber can do for us in videos such as:

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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Past Member 8 hours ago

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Past Member 8 hours ago

I want to give a testimony on how I got cured from Parkinson's disease. Few months back I was having some symptoms . I went to see a doctor and many blood tests was done on me, later on I was told I had Parkinson's disease. My doctor told me that there's no cure for Parkinson's disease I felt bad, I went online searching for a possible cure for Parkinson's disease, I saw a post of Dr Bello, a herbal doctor that's helping people get cured from Parkinson, HPV, HIV, HEPATITIS B, CANCER e.t.c. i contacted him and told him how I'm feeling he said his herbal medicine can cure me. He sent me the medicine via Dhl delivery service and I received the medicine some days after he sent it, i took the medicine as prescribed by him. Before the completion of the medication the symptoms stopped. I went to the doctor and carried out another blood test, surprisingly I was Negative. I haven't had any symptoms anymore. Dr. Bello is great and you can contact via (bellospelltemple@gmail.com) whatsApp him via +2348147271779;

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Jimmy F.
Jimmy F.2 months ago

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Natasha P.3 months ago

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Murphy L.4 months ago

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Cheryl W
Cheryl W.5 months ago

I am 56 year old who was diagnosed 4 years ago with Parkinson's. I had severe calf pain, muscle pain, slurred speech, frequent falls, loss of balance, difficulty in getting up from sitting position, i was having a problem accepting my diagnosis, even though I read every thing I could find to read. I was put on Sinemet 3 times daily but it doesn't seem to be helping. I also had difficulty writing. Getting in bed, turning over. i have had good luck with the Sinemet and other meds like Mirapex, but I was extremely tired of it. I have also noticed cognitive decline, but that is also related to a now-removed brain tumor.As the disease progressed all medication stopped working, i was introduced to Health herbal clinic in Johannesburg who have successful herbal treatment to Parkinson's disease. I spoke to few people who used the treatment here in USA and they all gave a positive response, so i immediately purchased the P.D herbal remedy and commenced usage, i used the herbal supplement for only 8 weeks, all symptoms were unbelievably reversed, herbs are truly gift from God.contact this herbal clinic via their email healthherbalclinic @ gmail. com or visit www. healthherbalclinic. weebly. com

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Cheryl W
Cheryl W.5 months ago

I am 56 year old who was diagnosed 4 years ago with Parkinson's. I had severe calf pain, muscle pain, slurred speech, frequent falls, loss of balance, difficulty in getting up from sitting position, i was having a problem accepting my diagnosis, even though I read every thing I could find to read. I was put on Sinemet 3 times daily but it doesn't seem to be helping. I also had difficulty writing. Getting in bed, turning over. i have had good luck with the Sinemet and other meds like Mirapex, but I was extremely tired of it. I have also noticed cognitive decline, but that is also related to a now-removed brain tumor.As the disease progressed all medication stopped working, i was introduced to Health herbal clinic in Johannesburg who have successful herbal treatment to Parkinson's disease. I spoke to few people who used the treatment here in USA and they all gave a positive response, so i immediately purchased the P.D herbal remedy and commenced usage, i used the herbal supplement for only 8 weeks, all symptoms were unbelievably reversed, herbs are truly gift from God.contact this herbal clinic via their email healthherbalclinic @ gmail. com or visit www. healthherbalclinic. weebly. com

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Westbrook N
Westbrook N.5 months ago

Am actually from Trinidad and Tobago and was suffering from parkinson's disease for the past 3 years ago and ever since i have been passing through serious agony in my life,it wasnt easy for me at any time, i have done series of tests and taking drugs to be cure but unfortunate for me i still carry this deadly infection inside of meuntil one day i was going through the internet when i came across a great post of ! Diago Agueda who truly said that she was been diagnose with parkinson's and was healed that very week i contacted this herbal doctor through the help of these great powerful healing doctor, sometime i really wonder why people called him Baba of africa roots and herbs i never knew it was all because of the great and perfect work that he has been doing that is causing all this. so i quickly contacted him, and he ask me some few questions and he said a thing i will never forget that anyone who contacted him is always getting his or her healing after take the herbs cure in a 3 weeks of usage so i was amazed all the time i heard that from him, so i purchase it and did all things only to see that at the very day which he said i will be healed, all the strength that has left me before rush back and i became very strong and healthy, this disease almost take my life but am very happy right, so i rush to hospital for the final test. So the doctor said i no lobger have parkinson's, i am very amazed and happy about the healing DR.Abumere gave to me from the a

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Williams F.5 months ago

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