Supplements for Parkinson's
Parkinson's Disease is a form of accelerated aging. The shaking, the tremors, the cognitive decline, the imbalance of neurotransmitters, and many other conditions of Parkinson's, lead to declining efficiency and function in the body. Eventually declining efficiency and function result in degeneration, aging, disease, and breakdown. This leads to further decline in efficiency and function, which continues the cycle of declining health and further breakdown in the body. The great many problems of Parkinson's accelerate this entire process of declining efficiency and function.
With Parkinson's disease, the nerve cells in your brain that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine become destroyed, resulting in a significant drop of dopamine. As a result, symptoms such as tremors, problems beginning movement and stiff muscles occur. The traditional treatments for Parkinson's disease include medications that affect dopamine levels, such as levadopa. You may consider an alternative treatment, such as dietary supplements, though no supplement is a proven treatment, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Before starting any alternative treatment for Parkinson's disease, consult your doctor.
Coenzyme Q10, which your body makes, may have benefits for Parkinson's disease. Results from a phase II clinical trial of coenzyme Q10 with early-stage Parkinson's disease patients suggest that large doses may help slow the progression of the disease, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, or NINDS. When early-stage Parkinson's disease patients took 1,200 mg of coenzyme Q10 a day over a period of 16 months, they had a significant decrease in their disease progression compared to participants who took a placebo, notes the University of Michigan Health System. Consult your doctor before taking coenzyme Q10 for Parkinson's disease.
Creatine An amino acid, creatine occurs in foods, such as fish, and is also found in your muscles. While creatine may increase athletic performance in some people, it may also help with Parkinson's disease. For example, creatine may help slow the progression of early-stage Parkinson's disease, according to the UMMC. But creatine can cause heart, liver or kidney problems if you take large doses. Discuss with your doctor if you can take creatine for Parkinson's disease before starting it.
Carnosine is a powerful brain antioxidant, which also helps to calm nerves while protecting them. For any person it is a great stress busting and anti-aging nutrient. Smaller doses (100-200 mg per day may be adequate for moderate stress. High stress or significant nerve support would uses doses of 1000 mg to 2000 mg per day.
Other supplements may help with Parkinson's disease. For example, L-tyrosine, which is the precursor to L-dopa should improve Parkinson's disease symptoms, as L-dopa converts into dopamine. But L-tyrosine can interfere in levadopa's transport, and the University of Michigan Health System recommends that you do not combine the supplement L-tyrosine with the medication levadopa or take L-tyrosine instead. Another supplement is D-phenylalanine, which may help with tremors, but it also interferes in levadopa's transport to the brain. The supplement 5-HTP may help with depressive symptoms in Parkinson's disease when combined with levadopa and carbidopa. The University of Michigan Health System warns that if you have Parkinson's disease, you should not take 5-HTP alone. Talk to your doctor before taking any supplements for Parkinson's disease.