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Plant-based, whole-food diets are healthy for everyone. For people with Parkinson’s, loading up on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds can help relieve common symptoms and support a healthy lifestyle.

Research suggests that the staples of a Mediterranean diet—which also includes fish and olive oil—may have benefits for people with Parkinson’s. These foods can be incorporated into just about any cuisine, and the recipes and other tools on this website can show you how!

How diet can help manage Parkinson’s symptoms

While more evidence on the effect of diet on the progression of Parkinson’s disease is needed, educating yourself about the benefits of a healthy diet is still important for your overall health and symptom management. A diet that contains lots of non-processed and plant-based foods promotes overall health and helps prevent serious illnesses.

Diet & medication: what you need to know

Before you start making changes to your diet, be aware that protein can interfere with the uptake of levodopa. For people taking levodopa, timing your protein intake around your medications may help them work better. If you aren’t sure whether protein may interfere with your medications, or if you need advice on medication timing around meals, talk with your doctor.

Parkinson’s-friendly recipes

Meal planning? Check out our library of healthy recipes—all based on the nutritional guidelines developed by our medical advisory board.

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