Eggs Parkinson's disease is for those looking for an alternative treatment for this incurable neurodegenerative condition. Levodopa, the precursor of the missing neurotransmitter, is found in large amounts in broad beans.
Broad beans are also known as favas; they are one of the very few sources of adequate amounts of the amino acid to provide the body with the raw material to manufacture its own dopamine.
The pods of fresh young broad beans contain even more of the L-dopa that is able to cross the barrier between the blood and the brain, where specific neurons are able to convert it for storage and use in the body.
Under normal circumstances, dopamine is synthesised in a nucleus in the brain known as the substantia nigra. However, it may be destroyed by unknown toxins.
A deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine causes the tremors of Parkinson's disease.
Research shows that more that half of the sufferers of this incurable condition can be better treated with two tablespoons of broad beans enjoyed every day than from taking medication1.
Broad beans are also known as favas. They are horrid when old and starchy; you may have to grow your own.
Enjoy on a slice of 100% wholemeal sourdough bread, toasted if desired, and smeared with a little butter. Use all the liquid.
This of course is just a crib on the great eggs Florentine recipe.
Eggs Parkinson's disease is based on strong science that fava beans can provide sufficient L-dopa for the body in most of those suffering from the condition.
The eggs and spinach are simply another way to enjoy your beans; they in themselves are very nourishing foods, particularly if you can find free range eggs.
Getting L-dopa from your food means you will have to reduce your Parkinson's medication or you will have a deterioration of your motor performance. It is thus recommend you get the cooperation of your doctor, and allow him to advise and direct you; he may be skeptical.
We would recommend beginning with only one tablespoon of young beans and their pods, and gradually increasing the amount as you reduce your medication.
Researchers comment that they noted a marked improvement in the motor performance of those enjoying young fava beans as compared to those on medication, without any of the side effects of the drug.
Researchers writing in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism2 found that almost a half of the dopamine produced in the body is actually synthesised in the gastrointestinal organs.
It has various functions, synthesising secretions, modulating sodium absorption and giving protection against gastroduodenal ulcers.
It is highly likely that eggs Parkinson's disease reflects the synthesis of dopamine in the GI rather than in the brain. It makes little difference; the neurotransmitter produced in either has a profoundly important affect on regulating movement of the body.
The authors suggest that the brain is a minor source of dopamine.
The happy gut contains an astonishing 2kg of friendly bacteria, viruses and yeasts. What is yet to be established is the role they have in the production of dopamine and the management of Parkinson's disease.
Certainly it would seem logical that regularly enjoying the benefits of a probiotic such as kefir may have a role to play in the management and even prevention of Parkinson's disease.
The biggest hiccough in making eggs Parkinson's disease is of course getting a regular supply; you will probably have to learn how to plant broad beans. It is not difficult but they do need to be staked firmly.
They will grow year round in a mild climate, but best is to plant them in late summer. Plant half a dozen beans once a month at least if you want a regular supply.
I expect they could be frozen; we will experiment.
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1. Levodopa from fava beans for the treatment of Parkinson's disease @J. Clin & Diagn Research
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