Diet and Nutrition for Parkinson’s
Levodopa (Sinemet) and bromocriptine (Parlodel) are drugs that many people with Parkinson’s use to manage symptoms. But no medication exists to slow down progression of Parkinson’s or to fully stop symptoms from occurring. Since there’s no cure for Parkinson’s, and the drugs prescribed to manage symptoms sometimes have harsh side effects, more and more people are exploring alternative remedies for Parkinson’s treatment. This can be done through diet and nutrition.
Since Parkinson’s is closely connected to a lack of dopamine cells in your body, researchers are constantly looking for ways to increase dopamine naturally through your diet. Research has shown that following certain lifestyle modifications in relation to diet can help you to be in better control symptoms, slow progression of the condition, keep you healthier longer and help you avoid secondary symptoms of Parkinson’s.
The secondary symptoms of Parkinson’s, such as dementia and confusion, might also be improved through lifestyle changes like diet and nutrition. Foods high in antioxidants are capable of cutting down oxidative stress in your brain. Antioxidants can reduce the amount of dopamine cells lost within the body, help promote healing of cells, and are known to boost your immune system. If you are fighting Parkinson’s, antioxidants can really become the best medicine to combat the negative symptoms of the disease.
It is important to have a well-balanced diet, to reduce your symptoms, improve your brain function and to maintain general good health with Parkinson’s. In order to do this, most people living with Parkinson’s disease should eat a variety of whole grains, vegetables (especially dark leafy vegetables), fruits, milk and dairy products (or alternatives), nuts and seeds and protein-rich foods such as chicken, fish and beans. Healthy fats should be added. Eating foods rich in Tyrosine helps to make dopamine. Tyrosine rich foods include almonds, bananas, avocados, eggs, beans, fish, and chicken.
This section of the website provides information and advice on diet and nutrition how to improve life with Parkinson’s.