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Seaweed reduces Parkinson’s Disease Effects

There is no evidence seaweed can cure Parkinson’s Disease, but there is some good lab research showing that seaweeds may improve Parkinson’s Disease (PD) outcomes and anecdotal evidence from customers says seaweed reduces Parkinson’s Disease effects and improves the quality of life.

What is Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra. (Parkinson’s Foundation)

Image from Biolegend about the area of the brain affected.

Parkinson’s Disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease (AD), affecting 1–2% of the population over age 60 estimated at over 10m globally. Individuals with genetically-linked familial forms of PD, represent less than 10% of the patients, and have an earlier onset of disease; occurring before the age of 40 or 50. PD is characterized by the progressive degeneration and loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra of the midbrain and defined in part by the presence of intracytoplasmic inclusions called Lewy bodies (LBs).

Symptoms generally develop slowly over years. The progression of symptoms is often a bit different from one person to another due to the diversity of the disease. People with PD may experience:

  • Tremor, mainly at rest and described as pill-rolling tremor in hands. Other forms of tremor are possible
  • Slowness of movement or bradykinesia such as getting out of a chair
  • Limb rigidity
  • Gait and balance problems

Standard Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

With no cure, treatment options vary and include medications and surgery. Levodopa, the most effective Parkinson’s disease medication, is a natural chemical that passes into your brain and is converted to dopamine. Standard medication is levodopa is combined with carbidopa, which protects levodopa from early conversion to dopamine outside your brain.

PD itself is not normally fatal but disease complications can be serious. 

Moreover, carers of PD patients can be very concerned that if they get unwell they will be unable to care for the PD sufferer.

What Causes  Parkinson’s Disease

There’s no single cause of PD. A variety of factors with complex interactions are thought to be responsible for both the disease’s development and progression. Years of research, suggests that while exact causes are unknown, the disease is caused by some combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors, such as exposure to certain pesticides and heavy metals. Some genetic mutations appear to be inherited, such as in early-onset PD, but these affect only a small number of families, and not everyone who inherits the genetic mutation will develop the disease.

Populations that eat seaweed have less incidence of PD and other major diseases. (Cotas et al. 2020) (Peñalver et al. 2020) Some studies have shown that phycobiliproteins extracted from red algae (phycoerythrin) could be beneficial in the prevention or treatment of neurodegenerative diseases caused by oxidative stress (Alzheimer and Parkinson’s) due to their antioxidant effects (Bleakley and Hayes 2017) Some studies have looked at brown seaweeds (Silva et al. 2019) and the role of antioxidants in vitro. 

Seaweed reduces Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

  • Fatigue
    • Seaweed increases energy – everyone reports more energy –
    •  Nutrient boost –  Potassium and other minerals.  
  • Constipation
    • Seaweed is 16% Soluble Fibre – feeds good gut bacteria  
    • Seaweed is 4% Insoluble fibre – bulk, helps reduce constipation  
    • Seaweed moderates smooth muscle action, making bowel movements easier . More information? Check out a blog on poo.
  • Dopamine availability  
    • Tyrosine is a precursor for dopamine –  makes more dopamine in the brain and seaweed has lots of these amino acids.
  • NADH availability  
    • NADH is necessary for energy production in the powerhouse (mitochondria) of the cells.   
    • Niacin (B3) is the precursor to NADH  
    • There is some theories that cells die because of the breakdown in these power systems  
    • Theory that increased Niacin in the diet slows cell death. 
    • Seaweed at 2.5g has 20% of daily Niacin – increasing seaweed intake is SAFE because it is a whole food. Full vitamin analysis is here. 

Seaweed is good for Parkinson’s Disease

  • Cell Regeneration  
    • Theory in vitro –  Increased Numbers of neurons in brain  
    • Theory in vitro –  Increase Connections between neurons  
    • Reduces cognitive decline associated with accelerated ageing in the brain. Japanese population studies.   
  • Liver Cleanse   
    • Seaweed reduces liver build up  
    • Makes metabolism of both medicines and nutrients easy   
    • Better delivery of nutrients to cells  
    • Reduce build up from secondary products found in medication fillers  
  • Packed with Natural Nutrients  
    • Bioavailable and not toxic  
    • High in antioxidants  
    • High in plant sterols   
    • Reduce secondary effects of disease and medications – inflammation in cells and joints.   
  • Seaweed Is Safe  
    • All studies show NO adverse effects  
    • No behavior changes  
    • No psychological changes  
  • Iodine   
    • Natural form of iodine  
    • In amounts that are GOOD for thyroid function   
    • Restore thyroid function = healthy metabolism.

Conclusion – Seaweed is Very Promising

Bioactive compounds isolated from red, green and brown seaweeds possess immense immune potential with commendable medicinal activity and high nutritive value contributed by their unique chemical structures and molecular integrity. Venkatesan et al 2016 strongly suggest the importance of seaweed bioactive compounds in health and diseased conditions and the future exploration of seaweeds for neurological diseases, especially Parkinson’s Disease.

References

  1. Bleakley, Stephen, and Maria Hayes. 2017. ‘Algal Proteins: Extraction, Application, and Challenges Concerning Production’. Foods 6 (5). https://doi.org/10.3390/foods6050033.
  2. Cotas, João, Adriana Leandro, Diana Pacheco, Ana M. M. Gonçalves, and Leonel Pereira. 2020. ‘A Comprehensive Review of the Nutraceutical and Therapeutic Applications of Red Seaweeds (Rhodophyta)’. Life 10 (3): 19. https://doi.org/10.3390/life10030019.
  3. Peñalver, Rocío, José M. Lorenzo, Gaspar Ros, Ryszard Amarowicz, Mirian Pateiro, and Gema Nieto. 2020. ‘Seaweeds as a Functional Ingredient for a Healthy Diet’. Marine Drugs 18 (6). https://doi.org/10.3390/md18060301.
  4. Silva, Joana, Celso Alves, Rafaela Freitas, Alice Martins, Susete Pinteus, Joana Ribeiro, Helena Gaspar, Amparo Alfonso, and Rui Pedrosa. 2019. ‘Antioxidant and Neuroprotective Potential of the Brown Seaweed Bifurcaria Bifurcata in an in Vitro Parkinson’s Disease Model’. Marine Drugs 17 (2): 85. https://doi.org/10.3390/md17020085.
  5. ‘What Is Parkinson’s? | Parkinson’s Foundation’. n.d. Accessed 17 December 2020. https://www.parkinson.org/understanding-parkinsons/what-is-parkinsons.
  6. Venkatesan, Manigandan, Karthik Ramachandran, Saravanan Ramachandran, Subburaj Jayachandran, and Barath TR. 2016. ‘Ameliorative Role of Marine Seaweed Bioactives against Parkinson’s Disease’. In Food and Parkinson’s Disease.
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Back Pain No More

Back pain no more says Prof Brown

The best thing I have noticed is that I can move freely, so the lower back pain is simply not a hindrance, and that has been a really nice change.
I’ve had soreness in my lower back pain for over 15 years.

I went out and gardened the other day, and dug over the soil which is a lot of clay. Normally I would have then spent the afternoon on the couch, but my back was not sore at all.

I have worked for 15 years in research in functional foods and always tried to eat the good foods. The results were there in animals. But to see them in humans as well – just fantastic.

The question to ask is if you stop eating seaweed, does the pain come back. The short answer is it does for me.

Professor Lindsay Brown Brisbane, QLD (retired)

  • 2009-2020: Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of Southern Queensland
  • 1986-2013: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland
  • 2015 Fellow of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Science
  • 1974 Bachelor of Pharmacy with First Class Honours, The University of Queensland
  • 1981 PhD, The University of Sydney
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Seaweed improved memory

 

I was looking for some of the breast cancer benefits and weight loss from seaweed and never thought this would happen. You may know the occassion – you forget the words, their name, and you know its there, but somehow it goes. A number of times a day. Grrh. After 6 weeks eating seaweed, I forgot a word. Then I realised that for the past 2 weeks I had not had that memory miss. My mind is clearer and sharper. Has seaweed improved my memory?  Interesting science on animals

Judy B, Buderim , QLD

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Seaweed stopped Constipation after 2 weeks

It is not something that I wanted to share. But constipation had been a curse for years. Tried all the other remedies

We have been using the Seamoss Capsules you sent us for nearly a month now. I have noticed that my gut has settled down considerably as was experiencing frequent constipation – no longer.

Peter, Gold Coast

ps.  I won’t share my photo or the outcomes!

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Seaweed stopped Meniscus repair

Seaweed stopped meniscus repair booked in

I wanted to do 4 to 5 km each morning, and I’ve been to the doctor and he says I need to get the bone shaved off to stop the pain in my meniscus. That procedure is complex. I started taking seaweed about 6 weeks ago. The pain in my knee has gone. I can run freely, even up steep hills. Has seaweed stopped meniscus repair?  

Oh, and I am slimming down. I am a real advocate.

Dominic Locantio, Caloundra QLD

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Nails Grow Stronger Every Day Says Cathy

“My nails grow stronger every day”

says Cathy. I take seaweed each day, as it is great to be able to have that one serve of vegetables, with no preparation. Not only did the aches in my knees disappear, and make it easier to kayak and walk but really odd.

My nails grow stronger every day and don’t break. It is not what I expected.

Cathy R, Mooloolaba, QLD

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Aches and Pains Gone

I was on medication for slightly elevated blood pressure, but the first medication gave me swollent ankles and the second seem to be stable.

I took some Pacific Sea Moss for a month to see if it would improve my blood pressure and side effects, but to my surprise my aches and pains that I had when I woke up in the mornings just disappeared. Remarkable. I don’t have to put up with aches and pains

Jill B. Melbourne, Australia

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Weight Loss on Seaweed

I am a 70 year old woman who has been taking your seaweed capsules for five weeks. In that time I have noticed several things: *My osteoarthritis symptoms in my knees and ankles have lessened considerably * My weight has dropped by 3 kgs. This is with no particularly stringent diet *My body measurements have decreased by 4cm Thank you for your wonderful tablets.

Anna Hoyle, Dorset UK

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Join in kids fun Run

My arthritic knee has gone from a pain score of 8 down to a 2.

Previously, if I slept in air-conditioning and the blankets came off my knee I’d wake up with a very painful knee. I’d have to spend 30 minutes with exercise to get the pain out of the knee.  Now, no pain. More importantly, it is no longer a problem even after prolonged use.

I did a 5km fun run with the kids! Didn’t win, but jogged the whole way without any subsequent pain or issues.

Gray Goodwin, Founder Davao City

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Creaking Aching Knees Gone

Creaking aching knees gone! I did not actually believe it. I was pushed into taking seaweed. “Just for a month”, Hugh said. “No result. No pay. What do you have to lose?”

I’m a printer with a printing and marketing business called 4CP, and I often have to squat down to pick up a box of paper or similar stored under the bench. The printer tray is right down at the bottom of the machine. Over the years, my knees start to complain and I have to hang onto the benches to get back up again.

After 3 or 4 weeks I realised I had squatted down, picked up a box and had no pain. Thinking about it more, I realised I been doing that movement for a week and hadn’t even noticed pain. That’s what pain is like – you get so used to it it takes a while when it disappears. No holding onto the table to haul myself back up. Remarkable!

I know take the seaweed regularly and found that the aches and pains have improved even more over time. It has taken a while to retrain my mind.

The only thing I don’t like is having to cut my toenails regularly. Guess that comes with the product and as a male less body maintenance is a plus.

I have taken tumeric and other natural products over previous years, so was not expecting a huge change, but seaweed fixed my creaking and aching knees and was certainly a lot more effect than I normally have.

Wayne Knetter4CP Palmwoods, QLD