versus Animal Protein
are meats of all kinds, butter, cheese, milk, cottage, cheese,
yogurt, and eggs. In brief, protein is composed of Amino acids.
If one is on Sinemet CR, which is an amino acid, any food that
has protein in it, naturally has other amino acids in it. If
this food is consumed at the same time, the amino acids in the
protein food will compete with the amino acid in the l-dopa
in the Sinemet CR. This results in either less l-dopa crossing
the brain barrier, which makes the medication less effective,
or slower at alleviating the symptoms. In order to get full
benefit out of the medication, it is recommended that a person
take their medication at least half an hour before eating any
protein. This allows time for the medication to pass through
the stomach, and into the small intestine, where it has to go
in order to be assimilated into the blood stream, and on past
the blood-brain barrier into the brain where it can be used.
In addition, according to my Neurologist, "delayed stomach
emptying" is a "given" with people with Parkinson's
Disease, which can further delay the benefits of the medication
if foods, especially protein foods, are taken too soon after
Sinemet CR. My original Neurologist told me to take my medication
with food to start with, in order to help with nausea, and that
the nausea would decline in a month or so, as my body adjusted
to the medication. Instead, it took 2 years to adjust. Only,
I was told 4 years later that it was because I was over prescribed
to start with.
organ meats in particular, contain Vitamin B-12 which is necessary
for our health. Plants on the other hand, with one exception
do not contain B-12. Comfrey does, but lately there seems to
be some question about its safety. For years, we grew comfrey,
and made a tea out of it. It is recommended by doctors that
vegetarians take B-12, and some published articles estimate
that up to 50% of this continent's population is deficient in
B-12. A lot of the symptoms of a B-12 deficiency are similar
to those of an iron deficiency anemia. Many times going undetected
as a result. Any meat that I eat, I cut it up into tiny bits,
and chew it up so that my stomach has less work to do in order
to process it, and even then, it takes longer to pass through
my body. Hamburger stew and other ground meats are easier to
digest, and pass through my body faster (especially when ground),
and do not seem to create the same problems. A recommended serving
of meat the size of the palm of your hand has been suggested.
seeds on the other hand, I either grind up, or chew real good
before swallowing, as well as putting them in my "smoothy"
in the morning. There seems to be little or no problems with
either the medication or evacuation that I can find. So, I try
to get as much of my protein as I can from plant source rather
than animal, even though, I am told they are not a complete
protein. So far I have not lost too much muscle mass in the
last 4 to 5 years.
some concern that a lot of antibiotics are being fed to farm
animals, and when these animals are slaughtered, some of their
body parts are processed, and fed back to live animals as a
protein additive to their grain. While the processed additive
is otherwise a fit food, there is concern regarding the build
up of antibiotics.
Also, there are reports which infer that animal protein creates
a loss of calcium in the human body.
In as much as these two above items have not been proved, or
unproved, I have decided to use as much plant protein in my
diet as well as vitamin B-12 when needed as I can. Just in case!
The above article is not meant to diagnosis, treat or, in anyway
be construed as medical advice, or to replace the advice of
a Physician, it is the result of my own experiences, which WORKS4ME.
Plant protein seems less apt to interfere with Sinemet CR.