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What are some alternative therapies for Parkinson's disease?

There are some foods that naturally contain high doses of levodopa. Levodopa deficiency in the brain is what causes Parkinson's disease (PD) symptoms (slowness, stiffness, tremors, unsteadiness). One such food is fava beans. Good luck finding it in US supermarkets! Even if you find it, beware. Some people develop severe anemic reactions to fava (especially persons of Mediterranean decent). Fortunately, this is rare. Further, it is hard to titrate the dose of levodopa that is present in foods. Levodopa pills contain a standard dose. Another interesting dietary substance is inosine. It increases urate in the blood.  Elevated urate has been associated with a reduced risk for PD. However, elevated urate may increase risk of dementia or heart disease. Vigorous exercise may also benefit PD patients. This is because exercise increases the production of growth hormones in the brain. More research is needed to understand the mechanisms by which exercise benefits PD patients. CoQ10 might also slow disease progression, albeit modestly, but further medical evidence is necessary.

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