Vitamin D is the sunshine and the oily fish vitamin. Taking enough Vitamin D can combat the effects of not enough sunshine or fish in your diet. Studies have shown that increasing your levels of Vitamin D per day have had excellent results in those patients with PD.
The research around Vitamin D and Parkinson's disease is still new but it is solid. If you don't get enough sunlight every day, it is suggested by many to take a Vitamin D supplement. People with PD are often very deficient in their Vitamin D levels.
It is very strongly recommended that if you choose to supplement your diet with Vitamin D that you have your Vitamin D levels tested by your doctor or other trusted health practitioner. Don't do this alone, it is too easy to overdose on Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is also a powerful anti-oxidant. In PD free radical activity is greatly increased. Free radicals cause the damage to the myelin covering the cells in your Central Nervous System. This is why anti-oxidants are such important players in a comprehensive diet for Multiple Sclerosis.
An excellent source of Vitamin D, A and essential omega-3 fatty acid is cod liver oil. Cod liver oil isn't the horrible thing you remember anymore. The processing techniques have vastly improved. Taking cod liver oil every day is an excellent way to avoid eating fish that may contain dangerous amounts of heavy metals.
Calcium, of course, helps build strong bones and teeth. It is very important that you take equal amounts of calcium and magnesium in conjunction with Vitamin D.
Calcium is imperative for maintaining a healthy nervous system.
Natural food sources of calcium are the dark green, leafy vegetables, figs, prunes, asparagus, sesame seeds and calcium-fortified orange juice.
Magnesium is also imperative for your nervous system's health. It helps produce cellular energy that is needed for nerve impulse transmission. It also helps metabolize the B vitamins and the essential fatty acids - very important for PD.
A magnesium deficiency is quite commonly found in people with PD and is thought to be the cause of spasticity (involuntary muscle stiffness and tightness). Taking equal amounts of calcium and magnesium with the appropriate dosage for you of Vitamin D may alleviate the spasticity significantly.
You can find magnesium in foods such as: avocados, brown rice, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, baked potatoes, haddock, salmon, grapefruit and cantaloupes.
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