Parkinson’s disease: Top Natural Supplements for Treatment

Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 09:15 AM

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Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and irreversible neurodegenerative disease.  It can occur due to viral infections or exposure to environmental toxins, but the causes for most cases remain unknown.

Parkinson's disease occurs when the brain cells which produce the movement-controlling chemical dopamine, malfunction and die. People with Parkinson’s disease experience rigid muscles, tremor of legs and hands, slow movement, and poor balance. Despite research and efforts to treat Parkinson’s disease, it remains a progressive and incurable condition.
 
The treatment of Parkinson disease focuses on treating the symptoms and slowing down its progress. Drugs like Levodopa and Carbidopa are used for Parkinson’s disease treatment.

The several nutritional strategies that exist for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease need further exploration. Of these, the most common is the use of antioxidants to slow down oxidation and consequent damage to brain cells.

Patients with Parkinson’s disease should have fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli, which help produce glutathione, which creates antioxidant activity. Foods like nuts, seeds, and spinach are good sources of vitamin E, and antioxidants and may be beneficial in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. 
 
Drugs like Levodopa and Carbidopa are best utilized in conjunction with a low-protein diet. Your doctor might recommend that you reduce your protein intake. Fava beans, which contain Levodopa, could help in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Because any supplement could potentially interfere with the medication used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, patients must consult their doctor before modifying any area of treatment.
 
It is believed that alternative therapies, when combined with the traditional treatment of Parkinson’s disease, could help reduce symptoms.
 
Patients suffering from Parkinson's disease generally have lower levels of vitamin D which leaves them at a higher risk for osteoporosis. This can be tackled with a calcium-rich diet or supplements. A fiber supplements can be used to ward of constipation often associated with Parkinson's disease.
 
The role of fish oil in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease is being investigated; its omega 3 fatty acids are believed to improve brain cells and have an antidepressant effect.
 
It is believed that the careful use of natural supplements under a doctor’s advice may help patients reduce their necessary dose of Levodopa and other synthetic drugs currently used for the treatment of Parkinson disease.
 
Parkinson's Disease patients should drink at least eight large glasses of pure water daily, which helps flush toxins from the body. All of these natural supplements for treatment help patients get the most from their treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

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