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No cure for Parkinson's disease, but nutrition supplements helpful

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By Jimmy Downs

Sunday Jan 13, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) -- A review published in Nutrition Review suggests quite some dietary supplements can be taken to prevent or slow or delay the progression of Parkinson's disease.

J. Chao from The University of Hong Kong in Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR, China and colleagues say in their report that nutraceuticals that may help Parkinson's disease include vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, creatine, unsaturated fatty acids, sulfur-compounds, polyphenols, stilbenes, and phytoestrogens. 

Parkinson's disease (PD), the second most common aging-related disorder  after Alzheimer's disease has no cure. The current treatments available are designed to relieve symptoms and delay progression of the disease.  The progression of this disease can lead to loss of dopaminergic neurons, which in turn cause motor impairment, cognitive impairment and dementia.

It is not known how exactly Parkinson's disease is caused or what risk factors are associated with the development or progression of the disease. But oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction are among a number of major risk factors for the disease.

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