I was recently diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease.
Q. Dear Terry, “I was recently diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. My primary symptom is a resting tremor, which doesn’t bother me too much. What can I do to help delay the progress of my condition?” — Janet R., Boise, ID
A. Dear Janet, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your healthcare practitioner. With that being said, I believe there are some natural ingredients that could be very beneficial.
Curcumin has been shown in scientific research to help protect the brain from oxidative stress and damage. Curcumin has also been shown to help stimulate a process in the brain called neurogenesis – the creation of new neurons. Keep in mind that curcumin can be poorly absorbed. I prefer curcumin that is combined with turmeric essential oil. I would take curcumin twice per day.
Another very helpful natural nutrient is glutathione - virtually every person dealing with a chronic disease is depleted of glutathione. Glutathione is so crucial that your body makes its own, creating it from the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. Glutathione is required for cellular defense, detoxification, and fighting the DNA-damaging risks of oxidative stress. Glutathione levels can drastically decline due to age, health challenges, environmental factors, genetics, or a combination of factors. Therefore, I would take the reduced, active form of L-glutathione three times daily in order to support optimal glutathione levels.
Vitamin B6 is another nutrient you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen. When looking for a vitamin B6 formula, I strongly recommend choosing one that features vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30%-50% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. In addition to optimizing vitamin B6 metabolism, the magnesium in the glycinate form delivers a good dose of magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability. I recommend vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) and magnesium (as magnesium glycinate chelate), and zinc twice daily.
Lastly, I think CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) is another highly supportive ingredient. CoQ10 is needed by virtually every cell in the body because it is a crucial element for cellular energy production in the mitochondria – the cellular “engine.” I would take CoQ10 twice per day. Make sure to choose a formula that features a non-oxidized ubiquinol form.