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The foods we eat have a close connection with the health of our bodies and minds. When it comes to degenerative neural diseases, food may be increasing your chances of getting Parkinson’s disease (PD) or preventing it. At StressMarq Biosciences Inc., our products are meant to help with research concerning all aspects of PD. We produce alpha-synuclein fibrils, which are used in determining the effect of diet on defective proteins in the brain.
Reducing Alpha-Synuclein Through Diet
Research into degenerative disease has included various trials to find a method through which the abnormal accumulation of alpha-synuclein protein in the brain can be combated. Dietary ketosis is one such method. Ketones are molecules produced in the liver, whose function is to break down proteins when there is low glucose in the body. Therefore, there's the possibility that the introduction of ketones can break down defective alpha-synuclein proteins, which contribute to Parkinson's disease.
Increased ketone production is achieved by restricting carbohydrates in the diet. Studies have shown that a ketogenic diet, which is essentially high fat and low carbohydrate consumption, does indeed lead to the decrease of the accumulation of abnormal protein clumps. As a result, improvement in cognition has been observed.
How to Reduce the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease
While PD is still incurable, there are several ways through which one can reduce the risk of developing it. These include:
- Eat Raw Fresh Vegetables – Studies have shown that having high amounts of B vitamin folic acid in the body significantly reduces the risk of Parkinson’s. Folic acid is primarily found in vegetables. These include asparagus and spinach. Eating them raw means that you get the most from their nutrients. Besides vegetables, you can also find folic acid in lentils and legumes.
- Green Tea – Green tea has been linked to healthier neural network in the brain. It aids in sustaining levels of dopamine in diseased brain tissue. This helps reduce Parkinson’s symptoms, which are usually as a result of a lack of dopamine activity within nerve cells in the brain.
- Eat Organic Foods – Organic foods are grown without the herbicides and pesticides that have been heavily linked with PD. To ensure that you’re completely avoiding these harmful chemicals, you can grow food in your own garden.
- Regular Aerobic Exercises – Aerobic exercises are aimed at cardiovascular conditioning, and they have been shown to impact brain health positively. Regular exercise reduces inflammation in brain tissue. This helps with PD since inflammation in the brain has a high probability of leading to Parkinson’s.
Foods and Supplements Parkinson’s Disease Patients Should Avoid
The following foods may not be suitable for some Parkinson’s patients:
- Proteins – Proteins from foods such as beef, eggs, and chicken may interfere with the absorption of the medication, levodopa. If this happens, patients are advised to avoid proteins when they’re taking their medication.
- Iron Supplements – Iron supplements may bind with levodopa, limiting its absorption into the body.
Work with Us
Providing reagents such as alpha-synuclein fibrils is just part of what we do here at StressMarq Biosciences Inc. We also collaborate with researchers to develop new products that can advance the fight against PD. Give us a call on +1 250 294-9065 if you would like to work with us.