By on September 25, 2013

The good news for early stages of Parkinson’s disease is that damaged brain cells can be repaired and restored with the help of certain nutrients.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disease that affects the nervous system.  Symptoms occur when there is a lack of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that carries messages from one nerve cell to another. The area of the brain containing cells that manufacture dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin in people with Parkinson’s disease are damaged or dying , and the brain loses the ability to manufacture these chemicals.

Early signs of Parkinson’s disease are mild to moderate tremor of the hands while at rest, a general slow and heavy feeling, muscular stiffness, slow movement and a tendency to get tired more easily than normal. Later symptoms may include muscular rigidity, drooling, loss of appetite, shuffling gait, tremors, pill rolling movement in which the thumb and the forefinger rub against each other, impaired speech, a stooped and a fixed facial expression. The body gradually becomes rigid and the limbs stiffen. Depression and/or dementia may accompany the physical symptoms.

There is no one conclusive cause of Parkinson’s disease, but studies have shown that the cells are destroyed by toxins in the body.  Parkinson’s disease develops when the liver is unable to filter out and metabolize the toxins from the body. Environmental toxins, such as herbicides and pesticides in the food and water are also contributors.  The good news is that brain or other cells can be repaired and restored with correct nutrients, especially for the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

The following nutrients are recommended for Parkinson’s disease patient’s daily meals and also in supplements made from natural organic foods.

The best nutrients to help strengthen the body and repair cells are:

Calcium and magnesium combination: Calcium is an essential mineral for the over-all health of the body. Among other vital health benefits, calcium helps in the formation of strong bones and teeth. It is important in the transmission of nerves impulses and the maintenance of a regular heartbeat.  It also helps in the prevention of cancer and lowers high blood pressure.

There are many powerful minerals that are essential for the good health of the body, and if I had to choose one of them, it would be magnesium. Magnesium deficiency contributes to these health conditions: Anxiety, stress, asthma, allergies, attention deficit disorder(ADD), apprehension, fibromyalgia, cardiovascular problems, hearing loss, menstrual cramps, muscle contraction and cramps, migraines, insomnia, osteoporosis, seizures, gastrointestinal disorder, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling, circulation problems, vertigo, joints weakness, PMS, insulin resistance, spasms and all sorts of pain.

 Magnesium is clearly one of the main nutrients to help prevent or fight Parkinson’s disease.  It helps in the transmission of nerves and muscle impulses. Magnesium creates and stores energy. It is a very effective mineral tool that is used in preventing chemicals from entering the body cells and tissues.  A very important factor is that magnesium and calcium work together more effectively. If there is not enough magnesium in the blood, that results in calcium being deposited into soft tissues and arteries. Studies have shown that calcium blockages also contribute to heart attacks. Magnesium moves calcium out of the arteries and tissues and directs it into the bones where it is needed.

Calcium sources: Salmon, sardines, seafood, low fat organic dairy, dark green leafy vegetables, raw almond, asparagus, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, buttermilk, cabbage, carob, collards and dandelion greens, dulse, figs, goat’s milk, kale, kelp, mustard and turnip greens,  whole grain oats, soybeans, tofu, plain non-fat yogurt, prunes, raw sesame seeds.

Magnesium sources: Low fat dairy, fish, especially salmon,  avocados, apples, apricots, bananas, blackstrap molasses, Brewer,s yeast brown rice, cantaloupe, dulse, figs, garlic, grapefruit, lima beans, millet, raw nuts, peaches, soy milk, tofu and whole grains.

Potassium: This is an important mineral for a healthy nervous system and a regular heart rhythm. It plays a role in the prevention of stroke, and aids in proper muscle contraction. Potassium is important for chemical reactions within the cells and helps in maintaining stable blood pressure and in transmitting electrochemical impulses. It also regulates the transfer of nutrients through cell membranes.                   

Potassium sources: Highest sources are apricots, avocados, bananas, watermelon, lima beans, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, dates, figs, garlic, dried fruits, raw nuts, potatoes, spinach, squash, wheat bran, yams and yogurt. Other sources are low fat dairy, fish, fresh fruits, legumes, lean poultry, vegetables and whole grains.

Coenzyme Q10: This is important for antioxidant support, healthy heart, immune system, and brain cells.

CoenzymeQ10 sources:  Fish, especially fatty fish like sardines, mackerel, tuna, salmon, chicken, eggs, soy, whole grains, wheat germ, walnuts, sesame seeds, sesame oil, sunflower seeds and oil, rice bran, garlic, cauliflower, carrot, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, all green leafy vegetables.                                     

Vitamin B-complex: The vitamin B-complex is a family of vitamins that work together to help maintain the health of the nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, and proper brain function. Among other important health benefits, the B vitamins also boost energy, alleviate depression, anxiety, and develop healthy red blood cells.

Vitamin B sources: Black strap molasses, whole grain oats, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, bran, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raw nuts, dark green leafy vegetables, all beans, avocado, whole grains, banana, asparagus, brown rice, salmon, organic beef, chicken, sardines, eggs, cheese, non-fat yogurt and lamb.

Parkinson’s disease patients needs extra B vitamins; such as: B2 (riboflavin) because it is necessary for blood cell formation, respiration, growth, and helps the absorption of iron. B3 (Niacin) because it lowers the risk of mental illnesses, memory loss, poor circulation and mal-function of the nervous system.  B12 because it protects against the nervous system and neurological deterioration.


One Comment

  1. Hi KathysKitchen

    October 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    This a wonderful and helpful site.
    Your knowledge of health and its connection with nutrition is very

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