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Right food can be more important than we think..


Berries and red wine is the way to go!

Recent research indicates that berries, red wine and other food that is rich in flavonoids are associated with lower risk of death in patients of Parkinson’s disease. It has been found that those who ate three or more servings of flavonoid rich food every week had a 70% lower mortality as compared to those who consumed one or less servings of such foods every month.

Flavonoids, a group of natural substances with variable phenolic structures, are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, bark, roots, stems, flowers, tea and wine. These natural products are well known for their beneficial effects on health and efforts are being made to isolate the ingredients so called flavonoids.

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Food to eat and food to avoid:

Parkinson’s is associated with lack of dopamine cells in your body, There are researchers looking for ways to increase dopamine naturally through your diet. Lifestyle changes like diet and exercise may improve some of the secondary symptoms. Food that is high in antioxidants are sometimes recommended to cut down on oxidative stress in your brain.


Following are some of the food to be taken:

  • tree nuts, like walnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans, and pistachios

  • blueberries, blackberries, goji berries, cranberries, and elderberries

  • tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and other nightshade vegetables

  • spinach and kale

Fava beans:

Some people eat fava beans for Parkinson’s because they contain levodopa — the same ingredient in some drugs used to treat Parkinson’s. There’s no definitive evidence supporting fava beans as a treatment at this time.

Omega 3:

To reduce secondary symptoms like dementia and confusion, some people eat salmon, halibut, oysters, soybeans, flax seed, and kidney beans. Soy in particular is being studied for its ability to protect against Parkinson’s. These foods contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may improve cognitive function.

Other foods

For avoiding constipation, one can try seasoning that includes turmeric and mustard for better bowel movement.

One study also indicates that caffeine may slow down the progression of the disease.

In order to avoid muscle cramps, some people drink tonic water since it contains quinine. Some people also increase intake of magnesium through diet, Epsom salt baths, or supplements.

Food to avoid:

Dairy products like milk, cheese to be avoided. One can try calcium supplement instead.

Food high in saturated fats like fried food or heavily processed food to be avoided

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Fruits to help you live longer

A new study has revealed that three simple fruits can help patients of Parkinson’s Disease:

Berries like strawberries everyday (or 3 servings per week) can extend the lives of the patients

Apples can be good as it contains flavonoids. But will need larger serving size


Flavonoids found in apples, oranges, berries and tea are renowned for their antioxidant properties which can help to manage symptoms by protecting the brain cells

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Mediterranean way of eating helps..

As per a recent study, a Mediterranean way of eating is less likely to develop early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

There are many research studies that show how a healthy Mediterranean diet can be good for heart health, blood sugar levels, and even weight management.

It may help manage non-motor symptoms like constipation and might play a positive role in memory function and reducing inflammation.

A Mediterranean diet is rich in antioxidants, trace elements, minerals and vitamins which have anti-inflammatory properties.

With an emphasis on long-term, lifestyle nutrition habits, the Mediterranean diet has been proven to provide systemic anti-inflammatory effects that help minimise a number of different health conditions.

The diet can include:

Eat more leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, and legumes.

Eat moderately lean proteins from fish, some poultry, and eggs.

Eat less red Meats and Sweets. Red meat is consumed less frequently and also in smaller amounts.

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