Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system. It is a brain disorder that leads to tremors and difficulty with coordination and movement.
“The motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain; the cause of this cell death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related; these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease. Other symptoms include sensory, sleep, and emotional problems. PD is more common in the elderly, with most cases occurring after the age of 50.” (Wikipedia)
“Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive death of the neurons responsible for producing dopamine, a neurotransmitter closely linked with movement control. The disease is usually diagnosed when 50 to 80% of these neurons are already dead.” (sciencedaily.com)
Parkinson’s may result from environmental toxin exposure or injury; it may be genetic, although that percentage is quite slim; Parkinson’s can also be the result of poor nutrition. Parkinson’s most commonly, though, is the result of low dopamine levels. It is characterized by the accumulation of alpha-synuclein, a protein that aggregates into inclusions, or bodies (called Lewy bodies) and also from reduced levels of dopamine in parts of the midbrain.
Lower dopamine levels are caused by stress, sugars, caffeine, insufficient sleep, medications, and drug and alcohol use.
The natural way to increase dopamine levels, and remedy Parkinson’s symptoms, is the intake of Omega fatty acids. The brain is composed mainly of fats, and when there is a low level of Omega fatty acids, Parkinson’s may occur.
“A 6-year study conducted by the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Neurology at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, monitored 51 patients’ intake of essential fatty acids and discovered that those with the highest levels of EFAs had the lowest incidences of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia.” (ehow.com/health)
Hempseed is the perfect source for Omega fatty acids, having the perfect 3:1 ratio required by the human body and brain. Studies have shown that an increased intake of Omega fatty acids may reduce or delay the effects of Parkinson’s Disease.
“This demonstrates both the importance of diet on the brain’s fatty acid composition and the brain’s natural inclination for omega-3 fatty acids,” observes Calon…researchers suggest that the protective effect against Parkinson’s comes essentially from DHA.” (sciencedaily.com)
Parkinson’s Disease is usually not diagnosed until well after the onset of the disease. This is why it is so important to get enough Omega fatty acids daily, and practicing good nutrition from an early age.