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?

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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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Murphy L.
Murphy L.24 days ago

LIRA MURPHY

I was diagnosed of Parkinson disease 2 years ago at age 63. Symptoms were tremor in right leg, loss of handwriting ability, and soft voice. I also have difficulty rising from a seated position and have balance issues. I started out taking only Azilect, then Mirapex, and last 2 month Sinemet. Several months ago I started falling frequently, hence the reason for Sinemet.My first son was in search of permanent cure because he spent a lot of money on my medication,so he check online and saw good testimonies about Parkinson disease cured with the help of herbal medicine purchased from perfecthealthherbalmedicinehome,so we decided to give it a try,we contacted perfecthealth through email perfecthealthherbalmedicine @ gmail .com and purchased the herbal medicine for Parkinson disease,we received the herbal medicine at our door step after two days of purchase ,the shipping was so fast.i used the herbal medicine for a month and 2 weeks,all my symptoms disappears,and my doctor confirmed am Parkinson disease free now ,i promised to tell the whole world about perfecthealthherbalmedicinehome.please contact perfecthealth to get your own cure , website :www perfecthealthherbal . weebly com.

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Zom N.
Zom N.about a month ago

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I tried Herbs from some Herbal Dr online communicating with them on email but i never received any thing.
I know you know what that means. well, just about a Month ago i saw a recent post on Dr Mercola home page when patients recommended Dr Emmanuel as a Honest to work with in the procedures on finding a cure then i contacted him in trial and the Herbs he Sent me giot me Cured after 16 days.
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Cheryl W
Cheryl W.1 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.1 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.1 months ago

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Williams F.
Williams F.2 months ago

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Lidy M.2 months ago

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Lidy M.2 months ago

(MUST READ: HOW I GOT CURED FROM PARKINSON’S DISEASE)
My name is Robert Williams, I thought i should share this here as someone may need this information; I was diagnosed of Parkinson’s disease in February 2015, my doctor told me it has no permanent cure, i was given monoamine oxidase (MAO)-B inhibitors and other medications to ease the situation, this continued till a friend of mine told me about Dr bello from Africa who cured her father of parkinson’s disease and Glaucoma. I contacted this herbal doctor and bought the herbal medicine from him, i received it within 6 days and applied it as prescribed and was totally cured within 7 days of usage. my life is back again! Contact this herbal doctor via his email bellosolutionhome@gmail.com or whatsApp him or call +2348147271779

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