I am a 68-year old woman diagnosed in 2002. My symptoms are mainly difficulty in small-motor movements and freezing. I have been on Sinemet for the entire 14 years and it worked well, except for the past four years I have also had what felt like low blood sugar issues. My medications didn't seem to be working on a consistent basis and I would spend a good bit of my day in bed. While researching mecuna puriens two weeks ago, I spoke to a doctor for Himalaya regarding how one would take their mecuna puriens. She was very specific about not eating protein during the first two meals of the day so that the medications that were to cross the blood brain barrier would have adequate access to the carriers that would carry them to the brain. Now I had been told that you needed to be careful about eating protein around the time when you took your meds, but let's be honest about it - is that really possible? I made the decision to change my diet to vegan to see how my body would react. Holy Moly! I was able to go from 8 Sinemet/day and 8 Rytary/day to 4 Sinemet/day and 6 Rytary per day. I still take a nap, but I don't have the total exhaustion and body freezing episodes. Vegan is not easy - getting enough protein can be a challenge not to be taken on without a dietician. I am in the process of trying one new non-animal based protein each day to make sure that there is no adverse reaction, but I have gone from thinking life as I loved it was over to looking forward to getting my body stronger and stronger. Has anyone else gone through this?
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