Parkinson's Disease

Frequently Asked Questions

21. Can dietary supplements help with Parkinson's disease?

Currently there are no vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients that have any proven therapeutic value in Parkinson's disease. Some early reports have suggested that dietary supplements might protect against the disease. Studies are underway to find out if dietary factors can help slow the progression of the disease, or even prevent or treat it. A preliminary clinical study of a supplement called coenzyme Q10 suggested that large doses of this substance might slow disease progression in people with early-stage Parkinson's. This supplement is now being tested in a large clinical trial.

Other studies are being conducted to find out if caffeine, antioxidants, nicotine, and other dietary factors may help prevent or treat the disease.