Parkinson’s Disease And It’s Diet..

This time I want to tell you something about the second most  progressive neurological disorder that results in the death of DOPAMINE  producing cells in the brain. Loss of Dopamine affects movement, both of skeletal muscle and smooth muscle of Gastrointestinal Tract.

Nutrition Related Problems:

Individuals with PD have been found to have a higher incidence of bone thinning and fractures.

Constipation is very common due to this disease and can raise the risk of fecal impaction, therefore safe methods of controlling constipation is desirable. Therefore Parkinson’s disease brings with it a food-medication interaction that has been generally under – addressed by us, the dietetic professionals…

The issue before us is—What kind of  NUTRITION is good for the neurological patient.. Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian??

While Research has failed to conclusively show a link between Diet and PD , nevertheless the Fiber, Protein and Nutrients found particularly in PLANTS  are excellent  reasons to choose among various veg and plant based eating plans.Animal foods are often high in protein and lack fiber whereas plants generally have a high proportion of Carbohydrates and moderate amounts of Protein. Plants also contain Fiber and Phytochemicals which animal  products do not.

  1.  FIBER–Plant based diet is rich in Fiber, which can alleviate constipation.
  2.  UNPLANNED WEIGHT LOSS–To  combat weight loss, patients must consume more Calories.
  3.  CHEWING/SWALLOWING DIFFICULTY–Some patients experience difficulty in their toungue, the normal esophagal peristalsis may be slowed, resulting in chocking.
  4.  NUTRIENTS–Plant foods are rich in Magnesium and Vitamin K, is important to bone health.

                      A Vegetarian diet can provide excellant amount of B vitamins, specially FOLATE..

                                    Sample High Carbohydrate Menu

  • 1-1/2 cups Split Pea or Lentil Soup
  • 1 oz. Whole Grain Crackers
  • 1 tablespoon Peanut Butter
  • 8oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 cup Grapes

 694 Calories, 122 gm Carbohydrates, 24 gm Protein, 16 gm Fiber, 66 mg Calcium

                                 It is important to be aware of the increased risk for bone decay , so one should  need  Vitamin B12 . They can use the vitamin mineral supplements, specially of Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12. In some cases  Vitamin B Complex may be needed as well….

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    This is educational. I have heard banan is rich in magnesium. What else is rich? I am asking not for parkinsons but my son has concentration difficulty and i have heard Magnesium is good.

  2. sarmila.basu

    beans, broccoli, nuts, okra spinach, whole wheat bread, whole grain cereal, nuts, seeds of pumpkin, squass .. are rich in magnesium…

  3. sarmila.basu

    beans, broccoli, nuts, okra spinach, whole wheat bread, whole grain cereal, nuts, seeds of pumpkin, squash.. are rich in magnesium…

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