5 Natural Things You Can Do For Parkinson's
I know some people who have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's and I was asked to look into some natural things that would support their body and mind. I found a few things that have good evidence for helping your body and one that I would use because it just makes good sense for those who have Parkinson's.
Fava beans for Parkinson's Support
The common sense support is just a food. The food that I would eat if I had Parkinson's is Fava beans. Fava beans are one of the few natural sources for L-Dopa, which is an amino acid that is converted to dopamine in your brain. Since Parkinson's is a lack of Dopamine in the brain, I think that giving your body all it needs to support dopamine levels is a good idea.
Fava beans have not been studied for Parkinson's, but they cannot hurt you, and the fact that they produce L-dopa will help with your ability to produce dopamine. Another added benefit is that you can grow them and they are, therefore, cheap. The amount that has been suggested to support dopamine in the brain is 16 oz of Fava beans or 2 to 6 oz of sprouted Fava beans a day. When you sprout the beans you raise the level of L-dopa in the bean so you can eat less. Some people have taken the plant and made a tinture out of it (as it also has L-dopa).
One thing that I have wondered is: how do they taste? To answer this question I am growing my own this winter. Yes, this winter, Fava beans are a cold weather bean. They also seem to grow rather quickly in the winter. In the picture of the Fava beans that I have with this article, you can see each week since they have come up, three weeks and three pictures. (I like how they taste!)
More support for Parkinson's
Two other things that have been shown to support the health in people with Parkinson's are More....
The fava bean extract is an extract from the leaves of the fava bean plant. I have dried the leaves of my fava bean plants and I am going to make my first fava bean extract soon.
2 Bonuses to look into:
This list also has two additional things that you can take for Parkinson's. Tyrosine is the precursor to dopamine so taking some might make good sense if you are low in dopamine (as you are in Parkinsons). Where as, Tryptophan helps with serotonin and may also be helpful in Parkinson's.