16 primary goals of Parkinson’s disease therapy
1. Constant stimulation of dopamine production. Phenylalanine – an amino acid supplied in the form of protein (beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils) with the help of vitamin C, selenium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B9, vitamin B12 is biologically converted into L-tyrosine. L-tyrosine in turn is converted into L-DOPA, which is further converted into dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline).
And as you already know dopamine deficiency is a major cause of Parkinson’s disease leading to problems with moving, feeling and thinking. Patients experience unbearable tremors, stiffness and heaviness in the limbs, trouble speaking, writing, bowel disorders, chronic constipation and drooling.
2. Bypassing acetylcholine deficiency in the absence of the body’s ability to produce the choline acetyltransferase needed for the synthesis of acetylcholine by increasing the share of choline in the diet. As a result, the level of acetylcholine in the brain and blood increases. The nutrients needed are: phosphatidylcholine, phospholipids and sphingolipids.
3. Minimizing the side effects of L-dopa such as involuntary movements, tics, hallucinations, psychosis, dissociation and dyskinesia by neutralizing toxic dopachrome, which is produced in excessive amounts as a result of dopamine hyperoxidation during levodopa administration. The nutrients needed are niacin, MSM, vitamin C, phosphatidylcholine, phospholipids and sphingolipids.
4. Decreasing the conversion of dopamine to dopachrome and so preventing its toxic impacts, while increasing the effectiveness of L-dopamine with its reduced dose. The process requires high doses of natural methyl acceptors such as thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.
5. Preventing the degradation of nerve cells in the spinal cord and the brain, especially the neurons responsible for memory. The nutrients needed are: vitamin K2-MK7, vitamin C, MSM, vitamins B1, B2, niacin, iodine, choline.
6. Stimulation of the plasticity and regeneration of nerve tissue.
Vitamin A acts as an active transcription factor.
Vitamin A and organic sulphur reduces inflammation in
neurons and blocks T cells from attacking healthy body cells.
Vitamin A together with vitamin D3 is responsible for immunological homeostasis.
Trace elements like manganese and iron are necessary for the growth of new nerve cells.
7. Dissolving toxic amyloid plaque deposits that are responsible for neurodegeneration. The nutrients needed are: vitamin C, organic sulphur, vitamin K2-MK7, vitamin A and vitamin D3.
8. Regulation of nerve impulse flow: glycine and magnesium regulate the process by controlling the production of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and chlorine. Regulation of the work of neurotransmitters responsible for the proper nerve impulse flow: lecithin, selenium, zinc, magnesium, niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid and cobalamin.
9. Synthesis of neurotransmitters: choline, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, zinc, copper, selenium (selenium also prevents oxidative stress), iron, iodine, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, amino acids: phenylalanine, tryptophan, tyrosine, glutamic acid and histidine.
10. Repairing and regenerating of myelin sheaths around nerve fibres: vitamin K2-MK7, vitamin A, vitamin D3, organic sulphur, phospholipids. Myelin sheath degeneration leaves the nerves unprotected and uninsulated.
And that prevents nerves from being able to properly conduct messages to and from the brain.
11. Reducing the intensity of Parkinson’s tremors – lecithin, magnesium, vitamin B6
12. Slowing the dementia progression – phosphatidylcholine, exogenous fatty acids
13. Reduction of such disorders as slowed thinking, dizziness, confusion, delusions and hallucinations – niacin, thiamine, pyridoxine, vitamin B12, lecithin
14. Relief from anxiety and depression – folic acid, pyridoxine, cobalamin, niacin, vitamin D3, magnesium
15. Improving muscle strength and endurance – glycine, sulphur, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium
16. Reducing oxidative stress – organic sulphur, glycine, vitamin C, vitamin E, iodine, selenium
In the next chapter you will learn about 18 extra functions of Parkinson’s disease therapy