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Parkinson’s May Begin in Gut and Spread to the Brain Via the Vagus Nerve

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Hopefully, one would be consuming prebiotic foods on a regular basis, in which case the probiotics should be able to continue to thrive. But there is increasing information indicating that ideally one would also consume probiotic foods regularly -- sauerkraut, kimchee, yogurt, kefir and other fermented foods, along with the prebiotics -- in order to ensure continued health of the gut microbiome.

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Garden of Life® Primal Defense® Ultra probiotic you listed has the most variety out of the probiotics but it also comes with 1.8mg of iron per pill. Recommended dose is 3 pills that's 5.4mg of iron. Is that a problem for PD patients or for people who has issues with too much iron?

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Good questions once again. Persons with hemochromatosis (iron overload disease) should not take iron supplements. Regarding PD, it is not possible to make a generalized statement. It depends on age, gender, pregnancy, lab values for iron, presence of anemia, and other factors.

 

As a rule of thumb, persons over age 50 are advised not to use iron supplements unless health conditions advise it, as it is a pro-oxidant, and may contribute to heart disease. Persons with PD likewise should use iron supplements only under their doctor's guidance, as abnormal iron deposits are found in the brains of those with PD. It is not entirely clear how or why this occurs, however, prudence dictates avoidance of supplements, and instead choosing adequate iron from foods.

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For persons over age 50, or those with Parkinson's disease, it would not be advisable to take iron supplements or an iron-containing probiotic without first discussing it with one's physician. If anemic, iron supplements would be needed, most likely more than the moderate amount in Primal Defense probiotic.

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