Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease has been a major concern for doctors and medical scientists ever since its discovery. Unfortunately, no effective cure has been found so far. This is just the good old prevention-is-the-best-cure thing. In fact, there are good reasons to hope that the salvation is out there.
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What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is a serious neurological disorder, which affects motor capability and tends to progress over time. The condition develops due to the death of brain cells (neurons) resulting in dopamine deficiency and, consequently, movement disorders. The most common symptoms include tremors, stiffness, slow and awkward movement.
Who is at risk?
Elderly people are more likely to develop the condition. Men are more susceptible than women. Inheritance is not as big a factor as many believe: only about 1% of cases have been found to be hereditary. Intoxications can also contribute to the death of brain cells. Consequences may appear years or even decades after the exposure. As the disease progresses, symptoms get more severe and debilitating.
How to prevent Parkinson’s Disease?
There are effective dietary solutions, which can reduce the likelihood of you going down with Parkinson’s Disease as you grow older.
Because oxidative stress is one of the major factors contributing to Parkinson’s Disease, a due intake of antioxidants can reduce the risk. There are quite a number of fruits and vegetables that are rich in flavonoids – substances, which produce a strong antioxidant effect. Therefore, it is highly advisable to include in your diet the following products:
Different species of cranberry, bilberry, blackberry, currants, etc., have been studied well and proved to be of great help in preventing the disorder. Russet potatoes, beans, and green vegetables are must-have ingredients too.
As follows from the above, there is no reason why you should not have at least 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies each day. However, there are all reasons to put these in place of meat, chips, cookies, and caffeine!
By the way, do you know why women are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than men? The answer is: they have oestrogen – a female hormone, which has antioxidant properties.
Numerous studies suggest that Vitamin E, especially naturally occurring one, can be a good protective barrier against Parkinson’s Disease. The vitamin is found in such common products as sunflower seeds, olive oil, pumpkin, leafy vegetables, almonds, avocado, soy, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, seafood, etc.
It should be noted that the effect is more evident when Vitamin E is taken naturally with these foods. Numerous studies have concluded that synthetic Vitamin E supplements do not work, because they do not live up to the natural mechanism of Vitamin E absorption. Therefore, if you are really concerned about healthy adulthood, try to use natural ways of improving your health!
Carotenoids (alpha- and beta carotene, lycopene) have also proved to play a significant role in prevention of Parkinson’s disease. These substances are found in carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, tomatoes, apricots, etc. Carotenoid-containing fruits and veggies can be distinguished by orange and yellow color. These substances also have a powerful antioxidant effect and are also known to improve vision.
Although there is still no one-hundred-percent guarantee that things mentioned above can are a cure-all, the influences described are already proved fats. This fact along suggests that at least it is worth trying!