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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease results from progressive damage to the nerves in the area of the brain responsible for controlling muscle tone and movement. The damaged cells are those needed to produce a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger in the brain) called dopamine. People with Parkinson’s disease manufacture inadequate amounts of dopamine. As dopamine-containing neurons die off in PD, signals from the brain that coordinate movement and muscle function are transmitted too slowly. When the signals are received, the body is unable to respond normally. The first sign of PD is often a slight tremor in one hand. The shaking is generally not noticeable when the hands are moving or doing something. Other classic symptoms include slow movements, “shuffling” while walking, muscle stiffness, stooped posture, and a blank facial expression. Early and subtle symptoms include impaired handwriting ability, low speaking volume vague, aching pain in the limbs, neck, or back and decreased spinal flexibility.

 

Supplement Considerations

High Potency Multiple Vitamin and Mineral

a high potency multiple vitamin & mineral should contain important levels of antioxidants, which have been shown to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease in human subjects, as well as providing essential nutrients for energy production and brain function.

 

Essential Fatty Acids

An essential fatty acid should contain essential fatty acids that are vital to brain cell structure and function, and to reduce brain inflammation.

 

Nutrients Enhancing Glutathione

a nutrients enhancing glutathione should contain nutrients that have boost the body’s glutathione levels, which a key cellular antioxidant and detoxification agent. Ingredients in this supplement have also been shown to support nerve function and repair nerve damage.

 

Coenzyme Q10 and Hawthorn Supplement

A coenzyme Q10 and hawthorn supplement should have been shown to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease, in human clinical trials. The Hawthorn is also a key ingredient in supporting optimal cellular energy production.

 

Memory Support Nutrients

A memory support nutrient should contain nutrients required for normal function brain cells (CDP-choline and Phosphatidylserine), as well as nutrients that block free damage to brain cells (Bacopa Monneiri), which is an important consideration in Parkinson’s disease. All of the nutrients in this formula also help preserve memory function by supporting levels of the memory chemical – acetylcholine.

 

Additional Supplement Considerations

Additional CoQ10

200-500 mg

 

Additional Fava Bean Ingestion

(9o unces daily)-  as fava beans are a rich source of L-dopa

 

Mucana Pruriens

(500 – 1000 mg per day) This herb, also known as Velvet Bean, contains L-dopa, and thus, you must get approval from your physician or specialist if you wish to take it in conjunction with Parkinson’s drugs that contain L-dopa and/or dopa decarboxylase inhibitors, which are the standard drugs used in this condition

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