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  1. Thank you, Linda, for your kind words -- your post has truly made my day!
  2. kholden

    Milk and PD

    Yes, milk that has been freeze-dried contains everything but the water content of the milk. So all the amino acids that compete with levodopa for absorption are still present. Often, though, there isn't very much milk powder in a product, so it may not always be enough to affect absorption.
  3. kholden

    best time to take probiotic foods

    Many probiotic bacteria, but not all, survive the acidity of the stomach, especially when eaten as part of a meal. Some probiotic pills contain other types of friendly bacteria, so the pill coating is designed to survive the acid environment of the stomach and release the bacteria at a later point in digestion.
  4. 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.
  5. kholden

    coconut oil

    A teaspoon a day should be fine. I don't so far agree with the advice to take it by the cupful daily; but it is a good food in moderation, as is olive oil, walnuts and walnut oil, avocados and avocado oil. All have health benefits, but should be used prudently.
  6. kholden

    How to store probiotic foods

    Sauerkraut needs to be stored in the fridge unless you have a cool place such as a root cellar, that stays at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Vinegar, however, can be stored on the shelf. Sourdough starter needs a cool place, such as the refrigerator. Kefir and yogurt likewise need refrigeration.
  7. 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.
  8. As many of you know, I'm a great fan of nuts and seeds, and never pass up a chance to spread good news about them. This time it's almonds. -Kathrynne Myths and Facts on Nutrition-Dense Almonds Released: 27-Apr-2016 12:05 PM EDT Source Newsroom: University of North Florida more news from this source Add to Favorites Contact Information Available for logged-in reporters only Newswise — Almond or “prunus dulcis” is the seed of the almond tree which originated in the Middle East and North Africa. The almond is a nutritionally dense food and is a rich source of B vitamins, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin E, mineral, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and zinc. Similar to other nuts, the almond is high in fat, mainly unsaturated, and fiber and also has an abundant amount of protein. Dr. Alireza Jahan-mihan, assistant professor and registered dietitian in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at the University of North Florida, discusses myths and facts about the almond. To help you use it in your diet, a recipe is provided. Read more: http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/652483/?sc=sphn
  9. If you don't mind the preparation, this would be a great recipe to make up and have handy for snacks, travel, and times when you're hungry and want to avoid junk food. These are rich in fiber, trace minerals and natural vitamin E. -Kathrynne Peanut Snack Bars Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post Weeknight Vegetarian Apr 25, 2016 These are trail mix in a bar: little more than nuts, seeds and dried fruit bound together with a little flour. Make Ahead: The bars can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Servings: Tested size: 12 bars Ingredients7 ounces soft dried figs (about 1 cup packed) Scant 1/2 cup unsweetened crunchy peanut butter 1/4 cup hulled, toasted or roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds 1/3 cup hulled, raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons sunflower oil 2 teaspoons water Directions Discard the tough stem at the top of each dried fig. Place the fruit in a food processor along with the peanut butter, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flour, salt, sunflower oil and water; pulse long enough to create a mixture that has the texture of fine crumbs, which should hold together when firmly pressed. Press or roll the mixture on a counter, between layers of parchment paper, to a thickness of about 1/2 inch: A rectangle about 7-by-6-inches is perfect. If there are cracks, press the dough more firmly. Cut into 12 equal slices. Rate it Recipe SourceAdapted from "Sensationally Sugar Free," by Susanna Booth (Hamlyn, 2016). Tested by Joe Yonan. Email questions to the Food Section. https://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/recipes/peanut-snack-bars/15261/?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_lean
  10. To the best of my knowledge, probiotics do not have the ability to affect an existing H pylori infection. It is instead treated with antibiotics and an antacid medication, for a fairly short period of time -- one to two weeks. I'm sure there are natural remedies for treatment, but I would not recommend trying them except under the supervision of a licensed therapist with experience in gastric ulcers.
  11. I can't vouch for its memory-enhancing effects, but I do grow rosemary for cooking, and love its smell when I rub off the needles before use. -Kathrynne Public Release: 27-Apr-2016 Rosemary aroma can help older adults to remember to do thingsBritish Psychological Society The aroma of rosemary essential oil may improve ability of people over 65 to remember events and to remember to complete tasks at particular times in the future. This is the finding of a study by post-graduate student Lauren Bussey, Lucy Moss and Dr Mark Moss of Northumbria University who will present their research today, Wednesday 27 April 2016, at the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference in Nottingham. Lauren Bussey said: "In this study we focused on prospective memory. This involves the ability to remember events that will occur in the future and to remember to complete tasks at particular times. It's critical for everyday functioning. For example: when someone needs to remember to post a letter or to take medication at a particular time." Rosemary and lavender essential oil were diffused in a testing room by placing four drops on an aroma stream fan diffuser and switching this on five minutes before the participants entered the room. A total of 150 people aged over 65 took part in the study and were randomly allocated to either the rosemary/lavender-scented room or another room with no scent. Once in the room they undertook tests designed to assess their prospective memory functions. These included remembering to pass on a message at a given time during the procedure, and switching tasks when a specific event occurred. These tasks represent the two components of prospective memory: time-based (remembering to do something at a specific time such as watch a TV show) and event-based (remembering to do something due to an environmental cue such as posting a letter after seeing a post box). Participants also completed mood assessment before and after undertaking tests in the scented or non-scented rooms. Analysis of the results showed that the rosemary aroma significantly enhanced prospective memory compared to the room with no aroma. In terms of mood, rosemary significantly increased alertness and lavender significantly increased calmness and contentedness compared to the no aroma control condition Lauren Bussey said: "These findings support previous research indicating that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy adults. This is the first time that similar effects have been demonstrated in the healthy over 65's. Further investigation is required to understand the potential beneifts of these aromas throughout the life span." http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/bps-rac042716.php
  12. kholden

    calcium carbonate

    The Tolerable Upper Intake level is the maximum daily intake of supplemental magnesium that is unlikely to cause adverse health effects; it does not necessarily mean that going somewhat over that amount is unsafe. If the intake is from food, excess magnesium will be excreted by healthy kidneys. But if the excess is from supplements, excess magnesium can lead to diarrhea. This generally occurs at extremely high doses, however -- 1000 mg daily or more.
  13. kholden

    Olive Oil for Parkinson’s

    You're most welcome, Adam; and I too believe the Mediterranean diet is ideal for those with PD. The emphasis on vegetables, fruits, healthful fats, wholesome home-cooked foods as opposed to the meat-heavy, nutrient-stripped, highly processed foods in the western diet is exactly the type of dietary regimen that supports the health of the brain and nervous system.
  14. Please scroll down to the section "PRELIMINARY ASSOCIATION WITH PD." I believe vitamin D levels are of great importance for those with PD. -Kathrynne Long known for promoting bone health, vitamin D has also been linked to brain health. Our experts assess the evidence and explain how to overcome a deficiency. Read more: https://patients.aan.com/resources/neurologynow/index.cfm?event=home.showArticle&id=ovid.com%3A%2Fbib%2Fovftdb%2F01222928-201612020-00021
  15. Please scroll down to the section "PRELIMINARY ASSOCIATION WITH PD." I believe vitamin D levels are of great importance for those with PD. -Kathrynne Long known for promoting bone health, vitamin D has also been linked to brain health. Our experts assess the evidence and explain how to overcome a deficiency. Read more: https://patients.aan.com/resources/neurologynow/index.cfm?event=home.showArticle&id=ovid.com%3A%2Fbib%2Fovftdb%2F01222928-201612020-00021