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Parkinson's disease - effectively relieve symptoms

November 29, 2020
Dr. Dorothee Bös et al.

Parkinson’s is a disease with symptoms of paralysis on the one hand and uncontrollable trembling or shaking on the other. Vital mushrooms can alleviate the symptoms and enable sufferers to lead a better everyday life.

Disease progression

Parkinson’s, like Alzheimer’s for example, belongs to the so-called neurodegenerative diseases. This means that it affects the nervous system and progresses with increasing functional impairment and cell destruction. The dopamine-producing cells are affected here, half of which have often already died by the time the diagnosis is made.

In conventional medicine, a medication is given that is tailored to the respective symptoms, taking into account the loss of effect and side effects. There are patients in whom tremors dominate, in others stiffness. Therefore, each therapy is always to be seen individually. The effect of L-dopa is the best, but as the effect weakens in the course of therapy, attempts are made to delay its administration, especially in younger patients.

Causes of Parkinson

In the survey of Parkinson’s patients, a traceable mechanism of inheritance was found in only about 10%. Nevertheless, a number of genes and mutations that can trigger Parkinson’s symptoms are now known. Researchers now believe that impaired mitochondrial function is the link between different forms of Parkinson’s and their causes.

Mitochondria can be genetically damaged, react strongly to oxidative stress, inflammation or toxic substances and can be damaged by autoimmune reactions. Many chronic diseases are now thought to involve at least one mitochondriopathy.

Several common herbicides, so-called weed killers, are known to trigger Parkinson’s disease. Rotenone and paraquat, for example, are well-known weedkillers that are associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Both are lipophilic. That is, they can accumulate in the fat of humans or animals.

Glyphosate, which is currently the subject of heated debate, also belongs to this group and farmers who work with it are exposed to a much higher risk. In France, this has even been recognized as an occupational disease.

Heavy metals such as mercury, long known as a neurotoxin, can also promote Parkinson’s disease and other nervous system disorders. And of course, we are far from being able to estimate how all the various environmental toxins add to each other!

Basically, energy production in our mitochondria always produces free radicals. And the mitochondria also have corresponding protective mechanisms. However, more and more often, due to many environmental factors, these protective mechanisms seem to fail or are not sufficient and the so-called mitochondriopathy occurs. In contrast, antioxidants such as Q10 and others are used and the vital mushroom Cordyceps.

What can we do?

The basis is a good supply of antioxidants. Our body can produce very many antioxidants itself. For this, however, it needs a good supply of minerals and trace elements, for example selenium, manganese or copper. In addition, it is important to supply plenty of antioxidants through the diet. That has diminished extremely in the context of our current diet.

Thereby, the colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and especially mushrooms can perfectly provide us with antioxidants. Mushrooms contain strong antioxidant polyphenols and the unique substance ergothioneine. This is being discussed as a new vitamin. Apart from fungi, only fungus-like growing bacteria, the so-called actinomycetes, can produce this substance. Since we tend not to eat actinomycetes, we rely on fungi for our supply. Scientists have found their own transport systems for ergothioneine in our cells and in the mitochondria!

This means that this vitamin has been with us for a very long time in terms of developmental history. Ergothioneine is able to regulate inflammatory processes. Since Parkinson’s patients have very low levels of ergothioneine and also often low levels of other antioxidants, this is an indication of increased oxidative stress and, of course, increased need to protect the remaining nerve cells. Healthy diets rich in fungi are therefore relevant both for prevention.

Vital mushrooms for Parkinson's disease

There are some studies and researches on the subject of mushrooms and Parkinson’s disease. As far as ergothione content is concerned, Pleurotus is particularly interesting, but also Shiitake, Maitake or the button mushroom. Research has specifically studied the mushrooms Hericium and Reishi. Protective effects on the nerve cells could be measured.

Here at the MykoTroph Institute, we have been told more often that Parkinson’s patients are more alert and participate more in life again with mushrooms like Hericium or Reishi. In many Parkinson’s patients, blood flow is often reduced due to age and arteriosclerosis alone, which in turn promotes dementia. In these cases, mushrooms such as Auricularia and Shiitake are additionally interesting.

Overall, mushrooms provide valuable antioxidants, have an anti-inflammatory effect and support the detoxification organs and thus also a heavy metal elimination. For example, Reishi supports the liver and Cordyceps supports the kidney. Of course, you should always drink plenty accompanying and also supplement bitters with food.

Parkinson’s is a multifactorial disease whose therapy, whether conventional or complementary, should always be individually oriented. We at the MykoTroph Institute will be happy to assist you with any questions concerning mushrooms.

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