Parkinson’s disease is a brain-wasting disease. It is most common in the elderly, where most cases are found in those above 50. Parkinson’s Disease (or PD) patients suffer from shaking, stiffness, constipation, slowness of movement, drooling, decline in skills we usually take for granted-hand movements and speech for example. Later on, one’s moods and behavior can change, even one’s thinking. It is a hurtful disease, both for patients and their loved ones.
The commonly agreed-on reason for these symptoms is the death of brain cells (neurons) that carry dopamine in the middle part of the brain called substantia nigra, from causes unknown. This dramatically reduces the levels of dopamine in the brain.
It has been observed that a healthy diet has been somewhat effective in alleviating PD symptoms, but most treatments to counter the early symptoms of PD are by taking in dopamine-enhancing drugs like levodopa.
The problem with levodopa is that there are a lot of undesirable side effects listed when taking it – low blood pressure, dizziness and vomiting, stomach bleeding, hair loss, confusion, mood swings, sleeplessness, vivid dreams and hallucinations, drowsiness (which might lead to sleeping even while driving), too much sexual desire – among others.
And there comes a point that these drugs stop working, and cause uncontrolled squirming movements.
But there is a promising alternative to levodopa: therapy.
Along with dopamine, the levels of the body’s -master antioxidant’, glutathione are also dramatically reduced in patients with PD. This increases cell damage inflicted by free radicals. These free radicals roam freely in the brain, damaging brain cells, when glutathione levels are low. Glutathione functions as antioxidant, protector of the immune system, and antitoxin throughout the body
The objective is to raise the body’s glutathione to healthy levels to neutralize free radicals and toxins. Brain damage has been seen to be slowed and stopped – even reversed in some cases when this happens.
But, unlike taking in drugs for dopamine, one cannot just take drugs containing glutathione. Glutathione It is easily destroyed by the stomach. A better oral alternative is to take in glutathione precursors – especially bonded cysteine, which hard to come by and expensive.
At any rate, injecting glutathione, rather than eating cysteine has proven to be more efficient in treating the symptoms of PD. Current glutathione therapy for PD involves intravenous solutions of glutathione for 30 minutes. Most patients experience an improvement in their balance, movements, and mood afterwards. When done regularly, many PD patients recover even their driving skills. Now that’s something to dance about.