Parkinson’s food balance

August 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

In Parkinson’s patients there is not enough dopamine to maintain the balance with acetylcholine. Meaning, a Parkinson’s patient needs both, just more of the foods that only stimulate the making of dopamine.

If you are on some L-dopamine as precursor to dopamine (dopamine cannot cross a healthy blood brain barrier), or if you have a food sensitivity or are ill, that has to be taken into account also.

Foods that up acetylcholine

Foods rich in choline can do the trick. Choline is a precursor to acetylcholine (acetylcholine can normally not pass the blood-brain barrier). One nutrient that many of us are apt to be low on, in a focus on avoiding high-cholesterol foods, is choline. Choline is a B complex vitamin that can be found in high concentrations in high cholesterol foods like eggs and liver. A lack of choline can cause impairment of memory and concentration.
Egg yolk, beef liver, chicken liver, whole egg, turkey liver, wheat germ, pork, lean ground beef, cod, salmon, tilapia, shrimp, soy protein, peanut butter, oat bran, pine nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cucumber, zucchini, lettuce, skim milk, trimmed ham, low-fat cheese, low-fat yogurt up acetylcholine.

Foods that up dopamine

Complete protein increases the levels of dopamine in the brain. High levels of complete protein can be found in foods such as eggs and chicken, and in cheese and beans. The amino acids tyrosine and phenylalanine assist in the creation of dopamine and other neurotransmitters. Meat and dairy foods, bananas, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and peanuts are rich in tyrosine. And dark chocolate, with over 70 percent cocoa, is the best type of chocolate as a source of tyrosine. cacao, wheat and soy are rich in phenylalanine.

In short, wild game, cottage cheese, chicken, duck, ricotta, turkey, pork, wheat germ, walnuts, soybeans, dark chocolate, granola, milk, egg, yogurt, oats, sausage meat, low-fat cheese, watermelon, apples, blueberries, grapes and bananas will up dopamine levels.

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