Top Foods for Parkinson's disease
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Water - Be sure to get your fluids to prevent dehydration, and improve constipation.
Nuts- Almonds and Walnuts - Good Source of protein, fiber, and healthy Omega 3s!
Low fat yogurt - High in calcium and protein plus healthy probiotics to improve your gastric flora and digestion. Mix with pills to help swallowing if this is a problem
Prunes - “Not just for grandma”. High in antioxidants, fiber, vitamin A and potassium plus effectively treats constipation.
Salmon, sardines and tuna - Packs a “big punch” for protein plus high in heart healthy omega 3s. Eating sardines with the bones adds calcium. Be careful how much tuna you eat in one week due to accumulation of mercury.
Berries - Pomegranates, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries. All high in antioxidants.
Broccoli - “Your mom was right- eat your broccoli”. Source of antioxidants and a high source of fiber, vitamin C, calcium, iron and magnesium for a vegetable.
Green Tea - Great source of phytochemicals that serve as antioxidant and a way to get your fluids too. A source of anti-oxidants for those wanting low (no) calorie options.
Chocolate! - Cocoa, rich in flavinoids and other antioxidants, may reduce the risk of cardiovascular and stroke disease. Dark chocolate is highest in cocoa (choose brads with >70% cocoa). Cocoa may also increase brain serotonin a chemical that modulates mood. Beware that processed chocolate is high in fat and processed sugars so not good for everyone. Moderation is key!
Nut butter - Consider almond butter over peanut butter as an energy booster and healthy source of fats, protein and fiber
Ginger - Ginger has been used for centuries to treat nausea and research is proving its value for treatment of nausea during chemotherapy or with motion sickness. Using ginger root or candied ginger is one way to insure you are getting the real product as the purity of supplements is not regulated.
Papaya - Fruit not only high in antioxidants but may also contains an enzyme papain that can thin thick saliva. (Meat tenderizer made from papaya root mixed with water also helps).
Oatmeal - Easy to swallow, easy to prepare, high in fiber, and low in calories. This food also promotes heart health, may reduce cholesterol.
Flax Seeds - Add to yogurt, salads, vegetables and cereal or use flax seed oil (or fish oil) for source of omega 3s and treatment of constipation.
Tumeric - Main ingredient in curry not only spices up your food but offers many potential benefits. Some refer to it as the anti-aging spice due to its powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies suggest it may benefit people with rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, cancer, and Alzheimer’s dementia.
Cranberry Juice - Cranberries are a good source of antioxidants. Tannins, a chemical found in cranberries inhibit the attachment of E. coli (a common cause of bladder infections) to the bladder wall reducing the risk of bladder infection especially in women. Adding juices to diet help low blood pressure problems seen in PD so 100% cranberry juice is a good choice.
Lentils - provide both carbohydrates and protein, making them a great addition to any meal. They're also a great source of fiber--which translates to a slow release of glucose--as well as B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium and copper. And they're low in fat and calories to boot.
New food item submitted by Gerri 7/10
Asparagus and Avocado
. Submitted by member Gerri as a boost to glutathione
levels. These foods have sulfur containing amino acids- a necessary building block for glutathione. These foods also add fiber, antioxidants and the fat in avocado is preferred over other fat sources. Other foods high in sulfur containing amino acids include peaches, watermelon, eggs, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage).