Dietary Supplements and Parkinson's
If I'm being honest, I've been eating unhealthy food all my life. My credo was: give the body what it wants, just not too much and then it will fit.
So my menu mainly consisted of meat, sausage, white bread, junk food and all sorts of sweet things. There was no room for vegetables and fruit (except for strawberries) and all the greens have never tasted good to me.
For an occasional guilty conscience there were food supplements, mostly vitamin D (because I was also a couch potato), vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and vitamin B12 complex. Every now and then some probiotic.
In between there was a fitness studio contract for 6 months every few years, which I no longer or only sparingly used after 2 months at the latest. Of course, I consumed plenty of protein shakes during this time.
Whenever I asked my doctor whether he could advise me on any supplement based on my blood count, the same mantra would always come back: "Eat a healthy diet, lots of fruit and vegetables, little meat, whole-grain bread". I quote - "stuff" - do without.
After I survived a mesenteric vein embolism, had not tolerated more and more food for 5 years, my 4 cerebral arteries are no longer completely continuous, meanwhile maintaining the blood supply to my heart with 4 stents and to make matters worse, I still had Parkinson's, I doubted seriously in my credo "Give the body what it wants ...".
Without question, my way of life has made a not insignificant contribution to my frailty. I don't know exactly how big the contribution was. But I know that the dietary supplement industry made it very easy for me with its promises of salvation and with its mendacious appearance to be "natural" or even medicinal.
Today I eat healthily, with occasional small slip-ups. My food intolerances have almost completely disappeared, I do a lot of sport and, if you generously disregard my Parkinson's symptoms, I feel fit.
I only allow nutritional supplements into my body when my doctor usually recommends a vitamin preparation due to the high dose of medication that has become available, as the required amount cannot be adequately provided through the daily diet.
This is my very personal story. Yours may be a different, more positive one. In order to create a certain balance, we should rather let the experts have their say.
The BfR - Federal Institute for Risk Assessment - has its say first.
The BfR has produced a small educational cartoon about nutritional supplements in sport, which gives us an easy introduction to the complex topic.
But what happens when Parkinson's comes into play? Are there positive or negative interactions?
Dr. Ilona Csoti, Medical Director of the Gertrudis Klinik Parkinson Zentrum in Biskirchen. Your contribution also expands the spectrum to include the subject of spices.
Dietary Supplements, Spices, and Parkinson's
An alliance that is not always sacred ...
Miss Dr. Csoti told me that many patients in the admission laboratory were demonstrably overdosed. Vitamin B6 in particular is not safe for Parkinson's patients; she sees the most frequent overdoses when taking vitamin B complex.
This also coincides with my observations in the individual Parkinson's forums. The tenor within the communities is more pro food supplements and the recommended dosage is usually a very subjective result, triggered by try and error, and not by a doctor's recommendation.
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