It’s a neurodegenerative condition that’s caused by a loss of nerve cells in a certain part of the brain.
These nerve cells help with the production of the hormone dopamine, which sends messages between the brain and the nervous system.
But, you could reduce some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease by eating more yellow mustard, it’s been revealed.
Mustard could help to get rid of muscle cramps, one of the warning signs of Parkinson’s disease, warned charity The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research.
The sauce contains the spice turmeric which is a natural anti-inflammatory, and may help to get rid of muscle pain, it said.
Try swallowing a teaspoon of mustard before bed to avoid painful muscle cramps.
“No singular diet can treat Parkinson’s disease or its symptoms, but a healthy and balanced diet can improve general well-being,” said the charity.
“Eating fruits and vegetables may help keep you energised and hydrated.
“Fibre-rich foods and fluids may ease symptoms of constipation or low blood pressure.
“Some people with Parkinson’s experience painful muscle cramping, especially at night and as medication wears off.
“Eating yellow mustard, which contains the spice turmeric, or drinking tonic water, which contains quinine, may help.”
If you don’t like mustard, adding more vinegar or pickle juice to your diet could also help to get rid of muscle cramps, it said.
Maintaining adequate hydration is also crucial for avoiding, or limiting, cramping.
Everyone should aim to drink six to eight glasses of water every single day, added the charity.
Take all Parkinson’s medications with a full glass of water. It could help the body to break down the medication more efficiently.
Parkinson’s disease symptoms are mild in its earliest stages, but develop gradually over a period of time.
The most common signs of the brain condition include tremors, slow movement, and stiff muscles.
But you could also be at risk of Parkinson’s if you have nerve pain, a loss of sense of smell, excessive sweating, or balance problems.
Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.