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B6 and B12 levels are critical

Vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are some of the essential nutrients for the body. These vitamins are involved in some of the molecular processes used to make the signaling molecule dopamine. Death of dysfunction of dopamine producing cells in the brain causes Parkinson’s Disease.

Abnormally low levels of B6 ad B12 are linked to nerve damage of patients of Parkinson’s Disease. It is important to check the levels of B6 and B12 regularly. Timely detection and treatment of vitamin deficiencies could lead to improve outcomes in these patients.

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Foods that reduce the risk by half!

Food such as Mediterranean diet, high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and unsaturated fat, are less likely to develop symptoms.

One researcher-led study discovered a link by comparing eating habits of newly diagnosed Parkinson’s patients with those of healthy volunteers.

A healthy diet that consisted of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, pulses and mushrooms, had the most prominent effects.

People in this group showed a significant reduced chance of developing the condition, compared to those in the two other groups.

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Link between gut and brain health

Evidence has been found by scientists that brain and gastrointestinal tract are closely linked. If one of them is kept healthy, it may benefit other. In short, the better the guts are treated, the healthier the brain becomes.

The gut consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, and large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. Trillions of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses) reside in guts and help in several bodily functions like breaking down of food, production of vitamins, responding to pathogens and help in absorbing the nutrients. The genes that produce these microorganisms are called microbiome. Various environmental and lifestyle factors influence the composition of microbiome. Balance of microbes is very critical here. Having too much of one kind of bacteria and not enough of others could lead to changes in permeability (leaky gut). Gut is called the second brain for a reason.

The link between leaky gut and Parkinson’s Disease is being studied. Following is the link to the original article:

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