Parkinson’s Disease

Get support for Parkinson’s by focusing on fitness and nutrition. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
Supplement Amount Why
Methionine
5 grams per day 2 stars [2 stars]
Preliminary trials have suggested that the amino acid methionine may effectively treat some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
NADH
5 mg twice per day 2 stars [2 stars]
NADH—the active form of vitamin B3 in the body—has been shown to reduce symptoms and improve brain function in people with Parkinson’s disease.
Phenylalanine
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner 2 stars [2 stars]
In one trial, D-phenylalanine (DPA) supplementation improved motor control and tremors in people with Parkinson’s disease. DPA should not be taken with L-dopa as it may interfere with the transport of L-dopa to the brain.
Vitamin B2
30 mg three times a day 2 stars [2 stars]
In one study, people with Parkinson’s disease who had vitamin B2 (riboflavin) deficiency and supplemented with riboflavin experienced improved motor capacity.
Vitamin C and Vitamin E
3,000 mg of vitamin C and 3,200 IU of vitamin E 2 stars [2 stars]
Supplementing with vitamins C and E may help people with early Parkinson’s disease delay the need for medication.
Coenzyme Q10
1,200 mg a day 1 star [1 star]
In a double-blind trial, coenzyme Q10 given to people with early Parkinson's disease significantly slowed the progression of the disease.
Cowhage
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
An extract of Mucuna prurient (HP-200) significantly reduced symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease in one trial.
L-Tyrosine
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
L-tyrosine is the direct precursor to L-dopa and therefore could be an alternative to L-dopa therapy, however, it should not be taken with L-dopa as it may interfere with L-dopa transport to the brain.
Phosphatidylserine
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Supplementing with phosphatidylserine may improved the mood and mental function in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Psyllium

(Constipation)
3 to 5 grams taken at night with a one to two glasses of fluid 1 star [1 star]
Preliminary research has shown that psyllium seed husks improve constipation and bowel function in people with Parkinson’s disease and constipation.
Vitamin B6
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Vitamin B6 has been reported to improve Parkinson’s symptoms. It can be used in conjunction with L-dopa plus carbidopa (Sinemet) or selegiline (Eldepryl, Atapryl), rather than with L-dopa alone.
Vitamin D
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Vitamin D deficiency is common in Parkinson’s disease and may increase the risk of hip fracture due to osteoporosis. This risk may be reduced by taking vitamin D.
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