Your Guide to Preventing and Managing Parkinson’s (naturally)

Natural Parkinson’s Support

Although the primary focus for treatment of Parkinson’s Disease PD) is focusing on increasing dopamine production and reducing motor symptoms and tremors through medication, Parkinson’s is actually a multi-neurological disease with having many other causative or contributing factors that cause changes in healthy brain function. Many of these factors are also relevant for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Huntington and Wilson’s Diseases as well.

Some of the factors include:

Cholinergic circuit dysfunction – which affects aspects of memory formation and motivational and volitional behaviors.

Free radical increase and nigral cell loss – which results in loss of healthy brain cells.

High sugar levels – in the brain is toxic and result in cell loss.

Inflammation. Parkinson’s (and Alzheimer’s) is characterized by neuroinflammation that appears in old age when chronic inflammation in the body compromises the immune system

Mitochondrial dysfunction – contributes to neurodegeneration with a role in apoptosis through excitotoxicity and signaling. Mitochondria are the batteries the produce energy within our cells.

Heavy metal build-up – such as mercury, lead, arsenic causes cell death and may alter neurotransmission and lead to neurodegeneration that can manifest as cognitive problems, movement disorders, and learning and memory dysfunction.

Misfolded protein – affects the ability in the brain to “clean house”, referred to as autography which enables the brain to recycle waste products, including damaged mitochondria and large protein aggregates.

Environmental factors. Epigenetics is the study of the effect of the environment on gene expression. Environmental factors such as childhood nurturing and diet of us and our parents, stress, and other factors affect how one’s brain develops. Growth factors that promote the survival and regeneration of neurons, can be impacted.

Brain-Blood Barrier – keeps pathogens and harmful substances from reaching the brain, while allowing healthy nutrients into the brain essential for maintaining brain health.

Dysfunction in the brain-gut microbiota axis may cause IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, and anxiety, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

Dementia with Lewy bodies is a neurodegenerative disorder associated with the same abnormal protein deposits (Lewy bodies) found in Parkinson’s but in widespread areas throughout the brain. It is also seen in some patients with Alzheimer’s.

Certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies, such as B1, B6, B12, D, and E, iron, magnesium, selenium, and zinc—all can mimic PD through their symptoms.

Leaky gut syndrome and alterations in gut microbiota can not only mimic PD, but are now widely accepted as relevant to the etiology, course and treatment of many neuropsychiatric disorders, including PD.

These are actually some of the issues that need to be considered when treating PD patients and are discussed in much greater delay in Natural Parkinson’s Support: Your Guide to Preventing and Managing Parkinson’s.

This book covers over 50 nutrients that such healthy brain function including ones that reduce motor coordination and tremor issues while improving one’s ability to mentally function. There is a chart in the book that cross references all these nutrients as to how then benefit the brain, broken down into 15 different categories for easy reference

Let’s look at 10 of the top nutrients:

Bacopa monniera – is known to have neuroprotective and cognition enhancing effects. Importantly it reduces alpha-synuclein aggregation (resulting in loss of neuron brain cells responsible for dopamine production), prevents dopaminergic neurodegeneration.

Curcumin – some of the benefits include reducing oxidation and the free radicals that cause the deterioration of neurons, reducing age-related mental decline, reducing inflammation, increasing neurogenesis, and regulating enzymes essential for enzyme disbursement. It also improves mitochondrial regulation, gene expression and oxidative stress plus more.

Baicalein – is a flavonoid used as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent without side effects, reduces alpha-synuclein naturally, and has neuroprotective properties.

DHA – also crosses all the brain health categories, with benefits that include supporting neuron communication, helping prevent neuron cell death, reducing inflammation, and improving memory and cognition. Low DHA levels are also known to lower brain and cellular growth factors, such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (growth factor). BDNF plays an important role in neuronal survival and growth

Ginseng – has many wonderful benefits that include improving learning and memory, reducing apoptosis (cell death), inhibiting neuroinflammation, improving neuroplasticity, potentiating neuronal growth, repairing damaged neuronal networks, and reducing depression and anxiety. Ginseng may also reduce amyloid and neurofibrillary fiber build-up related to Alzheimer’s.

Glutathione – is the antioxidant found in highest amount in the brain, and tend to be low in PD patients, and is an essential part of neutralizing ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) and other free radical activity in the brain.

Lutein. Lutein’s content in neural tissue has been positively correlated with cognitive function and has been found to accumulate in the brain. Lutein has been found to be significantly related to multiple measures of temporal processing speed, an important aspect of sensory and cognitive function.

Mucuna plant (dopa bean) – has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine, and in a natural form (versus synthetic), contains a relatively higher amount of L-dopa than other plants, while providing strong antioxidant properties.

Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PPQ). PQQ is a quinone compound reported to improve learning ability; it may also enhance working memory, as well as improve cerebral blood flow that can help protect against cognitive decline and dementia in the elderly. PQQ may have neuroprotective properties against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cognitive injuries, and it critical in supporting healthy mitochondrial function.

Vitamins B1, B6, B9, B12, D3 and E – are all essential in supporting healthy brain (and cognitive function), and when deficient, can mimic symptoms of PD and dementia.

Some of the best brain foods

Avocado, blueberries, garlic, ginger, goji berries, green, leafy vegetables, mulberry, mushrooms (particularly Lion’s Mane, Reishi and Shiitake), nuts and berries, walnuts.

The Natural Parkinson’s Support Book also goes into the role of essential oil for PD patients, different forms of exercise, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, modern diets, and much more.

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