Why a good diet is important with Parkinson’s?

There is no one recommended diet for people with Parkinson’s, but a balanced diet consists of fruit and vegetable that can promote health and wellbeing for everyone. We are going to look at some dietary changes that may be beneficial for people with Parkinson’s, including some foods to eat, foods to avoid, and what the benefit in a healthy diet.

Changing your diet can be difficult, try making one change at a time. Like eating a handful of nuts a few times a week or avoiding white bread. Small changes at a time can lead to big results. Choosing a diet that best suits you can be difficult, and it is important to stay await from fad diets. Choose a diet that consists of plenty of grain products, vegetables, and fruits, which provide vitamins, minerals, fibre, and complex carbohydrates and can help you lower your intake of fat.

Foods to Eat

Antioxidants – Current research on this consists of protein, flavonoids, and gut bacteria to help with Parkinson’s symptoms. But eating a diet high in antioxidants reduces “oxidative stress” that aggravates Parkinson’s

Some foods high in Antioxidants:
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Kale
  • Beans


Omega 3 – If you are worried about any of the secondary symptoms of Parkinson’s like dementia and confusion, eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, which might improve cognitive function can be a good start.

Some food high in omega 3:
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Cod liver oil
  • Flax seeds
  • Walnuts

Foods to Avoid

Dairy Products – Dairy Products have been linked to a risk of developing Parkinson’s, If you’re going to stop consuming dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt, you might want to consider a calcium supplement to make up for the loss of calcium in your diet.

Foods in high saturated fats – in general, foods that have been fried or heavily processed alter your metabolism, increase blood pressure, and impact your cholesterol. None of those things are good for your body, especially if you are trying to treat Parkinson’s.

Tips:

Stay Hydrated – staying hydrated is important for everyone especially people with Parkinson, aim to drink between 6-8 glasses of water a day. If you are not fond of water finding a cordial or flavouring that is low in sugar can help you get the recommended water intake daily.

Vitamin D – has been demonstrated to protect against Parkinson’s, so getting fresh air and sunshine might help your symptoms, too. Different kinds of exercise and physical therapy can your symptoms and slow the progression of Parkinson’s.