Diet for Parkinson's disease
Food for Parkinson's disease
DIET FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
What foods should be eaten by Parkinson's patients?
Many experts believe that adequate food can be very useful for people suffering from Parkinson's.
A diet rich in antioxidants may help reduce the negative influence of free radicals not only in brain cells responsible for dopamine production, but to the whole brain. Adequate food protects it against the damaging effects of oxidation and the body's own ingested toxins.
It is necessary to go on a suitable diet to avoid obesity that contributes to worsening the overall condition of Parkinson's disease patients.
What foods are not suitable for the patients of Parkinson?
Authors such as Dr. Jean Seignalet, in his book Food, 3rd medicine, stress the importance that the mind has to adopt a diet that is able to "clean up" neurons.
According to the doctor, the success of these diets depend on the percentage of dead neurons. If the disease is not well advanced, if there is still a high percentage of "alive" neuronal cells, this diet is likely to be successful.
Adequate food for the diet of patients with Parkinson's disease
- Foods for constipation: Parkinson's Patients commonly suffer from constipation problem. A diet that helps promote intestinal transit will be helpful in the diet of people with Parkinson's disease. Very use foods are:
- Whole grain cereals: Brown bread (wheat bread or other cereals or the mixed multicereal breads) are ideal to combat constipation. Its high fiber content causes intestinal peristalsis and greater ease in evacuating stools. On the other hand these are foods rich in essential minerals for health.
- Fruits: They provide much fiber, that our digestive system can not digest, but it is so important for the expulsion of fecal matter.
- Legumes?: Although they are the laxative ideal par excellence because they are rich in fiber, beans are not well suited to the diet of these patients because they cause too much gas.
- Foods rich in vitamin E: Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may help protect brain cells. Among the vegetable sources of vitamin E, we have vegetable fats (Wheat germ oil, Olive oil or sunflower oil). Other foods are rich in this vitamin, but they are not too good because they are difficult to digest, such as sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, toasted almonds. Other plant sources have lesser amounts, but the are adequate,such as asparagus. Mangoes and avocados also have it in smaller amount.
- Foods rich in Vitamin C: Like vitamin E, its antioxidant activity helps protect brain cells in general, including those responsible for the production of dopamine. Citruses are very rich in it (oranges, lemons, grapefruits, etc.).
Other plants that contain this vitamin are: spinach, bananas, melons, watermelons, pineapples, pears, papayas, barley, garlic, blackberries, celery, strawberries, raspberries, bilberries, grape, figs, chicories, potatoes, avocado, cherimoyas, mangoes, pomegranates, coconuts, etc.
Foods non suitable for the diet of the patients of Parkinson
- Foods that produce flatulence: Parkinson's patients usually suffer from problems of flatulence that are worsened by eating flatulent foods. For this reason, for example, legumes are not recommended for this diet. (peas, beans, soybean, dry beans or string beans)
Also other foods rich in fiber that could be adequate to prevent constipation that affects these patients should be avoided because they usually produce produce too much gas, like cabbages, Brussels sprouts, or because some people find them flatulent, like radishes, onions, carrots, or apples.
Keep in mind that drinking carbonated drinks, like lemonade, beer, soda water, etc. increases the level of gases that are responsible for flatulence. Some drinks rich in caffeine such as coffee, tea or colas produce flatulence due to colon irritation.
Some sweeteners, like sorbitol, are responsible for producing a large volume of gases. These sweeteners are sugar substitutes and appear in many soft drinks or chewing gums.
The person with a tendency to suffer from flatulence should reduce the intake of this type of products (See diet for flatulences for more information on the subject)
- Foods rich in protein: It is believed that Parkinson's patients should not eat too much protein because they inhibit the absorption of levodopa, one of the main drugs used for this disease.
A very strict diet with little protein consumption (from 0.8 to 1 gr. per kilo) has shown an improvement in the symptoms of this disease. However, these extreme diets must be checked by your doctor or dietitian as they can have an impact on the overall health of the patient.
- Foods difficult to digest for handle: People suffering from Parkinson's have difficulty when swallowing food. Other times, the strong tremors that these patients show will pose a big difficulty to bring food with the spoon to his/ her mouth.
People with Parkinson's disease should have to avoid those foods difficult to swallow because they are too dry, such as cookies or nuts. Soups, puddings, or other liquid preparations are not suitable when the patients suffer from big shakings.
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