PARKINSON’S DISEASE DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS

o   Eat a diet consisting of 75 percent raw foods, with seeds, grains, nuts, and raw milk.

 

o   Include in the diet foods containing the amino acid phenylalanine, such as almonds, brazil nuts, fish, pecans, pumpkin, sesame seeds, lima beans, chickpeas, and lentils.

 

o   Reduce your intake of protein, especially if you are taking levodopa. This can help with control of coordination and muscle movements. Try to limit your protein consumption to 7 grams  per day, consumed mostly at dinner. Eat barely, tofu, yogurt, beans, lentils, and other sources of protein instead of meat and poultry.

 

o   If you must take the drug levodopa, consume the following foods in moderation only: bananas, beef, fish, liver, oatmeal, peanuts, potatoes, and whole grains. These foods contain vitamin B6, which interferes with the drug’s potency. Do not take supplemental vitamin B6, as it counteracts the drug’s therapeutic effects (be careful with multivitamin supplements). Also, because some of the amino acids contained in food proteins can prevent this drug from reaching the brain, where it is needed, eat protein foods only in the evening, and not at the same time as the drug is taken. Once on medication, discuss with your physician any dietary change you plan to make, as dosage adjustments may be needed.

 

o   If your work or a hobby exposes you to chemicals or metals such as lead or aluminum, always wear protective clothing, including gloves and a face mask.