When an aging parent or loved one is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, families often commit to do everything in their power to help him or her maintain a high quality of life. While there are therapy programs and medications that can help to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s, there are also natural alternatives that can help to promote comfort and quality of life.
As a leading provider of Parkinson’s care in Fort Myers, we’re always looking to share any information about how to help seniors with Parkinson’s maintain as much mobility and independence as possible. More and more studies are showing the power of certain herbal remedies, which have a variety of healing properties. All of the following herbs can benefit seniors with Parkinson’s, and are easily accessible in most grocery stores and relatively inexpensive:
Green tea is rich in flavonoids and helps to protect dopamine neurons by combating free radicals, the very thing that Parkinson’s disease attacks.
Improves blood circulation to the brain and can also benefit Parkinson’s patients by improving mood, cognitive function and general neurological function.
Because the symptoms of Parkinson’s occur due to low levels of dopamine in the brain, herbs that contain levodopa (often used to treat Parkinson’s) like cowhage can help to replace lost dopamine and reduce side the disease’s side effects.
This spice helps fight proteins responsible for Parkinson’s disease and can help to repair oxidative damage. Tumeric also has anti-inflammatory propertie,s which can help to slow the progression of the disease.
Gingko Biloba can help protect neurons and even help them recover from the damage caused by Parkinson’s disease.
As an added bonus, each one of these herbs are safe and healthy overall, with many other health benefits ranging from cancer fighting properties to cognitive preservation.
If your aging parent or loved one needs help managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s or could use a helping hand with activities of daily living, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Fort Myers today. We proudly deliver home care Fort Myers families trust and our experienced caregivers are highly trained in Parkinson’s care. Reach out to us today at 239-449-4701 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager today – we’re here to help 24/7.