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My neurologist hasn't recommended any dietary changes, but is there a specific food plan that is better for PD?




A nutritious and balanced diet is the foundation of good health. Research continues to confirm that a whole-food, plant-based diet is recommended to maintain brain health for everyone. The Mediterranean diet and MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) are recommended. In Parkinson's disease (PD), adding and removing some foods may help ease symptoms. Others can affect how medications work. Therefore, knowing how proper nutrition can affect your PD symptoms is essential.

What you eat is something you can control, so if dietary changes need to be made, you can make positive adjustments that will make you feel better, stay stronger, and improve your quality of life. It's not necessary to change your diet overnight. Making small, consistent changes can lead to significant shifts over time.

Recent studies into foods' potential to promote brain health have shown that healthy fats in nuts and phytonutrients in herbs have promise to provide some neuroprotection. Snacking on nuts like walnuts, pistachios, Macadamia nuts, cashews, and Brazil nuts, and using turmeric and Ceylon cinnamon, when cooking, is an easy change you can do today.

At CFMC, we partner with Carolee Horner, a Functional Nutritionist of Uniquely Nourished. For more information, contact her at carolee@uniquelynourished.net or www.nutritionforpd.com.

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