A balanced diet is a foundation of good health. For people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a balanced diet is even more important. In PD, there are some foods that may help to ease symptoms and help brain health, while others can affect the way medications work. While there are many things about PD that cannot be changed, the informed choice of diet can help people to live better with the disease.
Eating well can help you take control of your health. In fact, choosing to eat healthy foods can improve your Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptoms. And some research suggests that sound nutritional choices could have disease-modifying effects, meaning that they could potentially slow PD progression.
Heather Zwickey, Ph.D., Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor, Immunology, National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR
John Eric Duda, M.D., Associate Professor, Neurology, University of Pennsylvania and Director, Parkinson's Disease Research, Education & Clinical Center, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia
Nutrition plays a very important role in the management of Parkinson’s disease (PD). People with PD may experience constipation, food-medication interactions, difficulty swallowing and weight loss. Establishing and maintaining good eating habits can help manage these issues and improve overall well-being while navigating Parkinson’s.