April 11 marks World Parkinson’s Day, a neurodegenerative disease which is within the so-called movement disorders. According to the specialist in Neurology, Belen Sanchezthe population prevalence is estimated at around 0.6% in those over 60 years of age and reaches 3% from 80 years of age.
“Each year 100,000 cases are diagnosed in Spain, and despite the fact that the majority are older people, 15% are under 50 years of age,” explains the doctor. This is why great importance is given to the prevention of the disease at any age.
Dr. Sánchez recommends wearing a few healthy living habitsbased on the Mediterranean dietand the physical exercise to prevent the Parkinson’s disease. In addition, it is also important to avoid toxins such as pesticides, heavy metals and chemical compounds that may be associated with neurodegeneration.
Foods to prevent Parkinson’s disease
Regarding food, the specialist recommends reinforcing the consumption of some foods and restricting the intake of others that may be harmful. Among the foods that are recommended are the following:
- whole grains: One of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is precisely constipation. So adding whole grains can be a good option. Also, being slow-absorbing foods, they will keep us satiated for longer.
- Coffee: Although coffee is considered a stimulant, according to research conducted by Rutgers University in the United States, there is a compound in coffee that could be combined with caffeine and help fight Parkinson’s.
- Plantain: Being a food rich in tryptophan, an essential amino acid that the body cannot produce, its intake is recommended to help fight both Parkinson’s and other diseases.
What foods do I have to avoid to fight Parkinson’s?
As recommended by experts, people with Parkinson’s should avoid eating foods rich in protein as they can interfere with the absorption of medication. Also, keep in mind that over time, one of the consequences of the disease is having problems swallowing. At this point, you should avoid mixing different substances, foods that are too thick or fibrous, or those that can stick to the palate.
According to Parkinson and Health, these foods would also be prohibited in people who have Parkinson’s:
- High-fat meats.
- Cured or smoked meats.
- Marinated fish.
- Candied and candied fruits.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Coconut oil.
- Cocoa butter.
- Stuffed pastry sweets.
- Fast foods.
- sugar solutions.
And these are the ones that would be limited to occasional use:
- commercial sauces.
- Soft pastry.
- Refreshing drinks.
The rest of the food could be consumed normally but, yes, in the case of coffee, for example, the recommended maximum is 400 mg per day, both in people with Parkinson’s and in the rest.