Vitamins: Vitamin C An antioxidant that may slow the progression of the disease and postpone the need for drug therapy. In a 1979 study of patients with early Parkinson's disease who were given 3,000 mg of Vitamin C and 3,200 IU's of Vitamin E daily, progression of the disease was slowed for up to three years. Vitamin E Works along with vitamin C to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease and postpone the need for drug therapy. These antioxidants are free radical scavengers that work to protect the brain from free radical damage. Large amounts of both vitamin C & E are recommended for the disease. These amounts can not be gotten from food sources so must be gotten through supplementation. B Vitamins Extremely important in brain function and enzyme activity. Vitamin B5 Aids in speeding messages from one nerve cell to another. Vitamin B3 Improves brain circulation. Caution: do not take B3 (niacin) if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure. Vitamin B6 Brain dopamine production depends on adequate supplies of this vitamin. Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are taking a levodopa preparation. Parkinson's Kit —$10 Savings— (complete nutritional coverage of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc.)
Minerals: Selenium A powerful antioxidant. Calcium Works with magnesium. Needed for nerve impulse transmission. Magnesium Works with calcium. Needed for nerve impulse transmission.
Amino Acids: L-Tyrosine Helps to regulate mood. Caution: Do not take this supplement if you take an MAO inhibitor drug. L-Phenylalanine Alleviates symptoms and works to counter depression. Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant or nursing; if you take an MAO inhibitor drug; or if you suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU. L-Glutamic acid Improves nerve impulse transmission.
Nutrient Cofactors: Ginkgo Biloba Over time improves circulation and delivery of oxygen to improve brain function, minimize leg cramps and tremors, and increase a feeling of well-being. Coenzyme Q10 Is a powerful antioxidant and also increases oxygenation of cells and is involved in the generation of cellular energy.
STRESS RAW FOOD SOURCES IN YOUR DIET: Make sure that three-fourths of your dietary intake comes from raw food sources (seeds, nuts, grains, raw milk for example).
INCLUDE FOODS WITH PHENYLALANINE: Since the amino acid L-phenylalanine may help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease include foods such as almonds, Brazil nuts, fish, pecans, pumpkin, sesame seeds, lima beans, chickpeas, and lentils in your diet.
CUT BACK ON PROTEIN INTAKE: Limit your the amount of protein in your diet to seven grams per day. Instead of meat and poultry eat other sources of protein such as barley, tofu, yogurt, beans, lentils, etc. If you are taking levodopa concentrate your protein consumption in the evenings as some of the amino acids in these foods may prevent the levodopa from reaching the brain.
MONITOR YOUR B6 IF YOU ARE TAKING LEVODOPA: B6 may interfere with the potency of this drug so if you are on levodopa monitor your intake of B6 foods such as bananas, fish, beef, liver, oatmeal, peanuts, potatoes, and whole grains. Do not take supplemental B6 if you must take levodopa.
STRESS CARBOHYDRATES: If you have Parkinson's disease take seven grams of carbohydrates to one gram of protein.
BEWARE THE FAVA BEAN: This bean contains dopamine and eating more than 1/2 cup of these beans along with a daily dose of the drug levodopa can cause symptoms of a dopamine overdose. The fava bean is primarily used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.