The Neurogenic Diet in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders
Diet is defined as a prescribed course of eating and drinking in which the amount and kind of food, as well as the times at which it is to be taken, are regulated for therapeutic purposes. But the term “diet” originally embraced a wider spectrum of factors, including all the main daily activities of an individual, or everything which determines his/her lifestyle. The word diet, originates from the Greek word diaita, which means a way of life.
The Nutritional Medicine Research in the UK have assigned the name “Neurogenic Diet,” to a nutritional programme and a life environment aiming to induce the generation of new neurons in the central nervous system and the repair of damaged neurons in the human brain. Research on Neurogenesis has been progressing since the 1960s and achieved a breakthrough in 1998 with publications by Gerard Kemperman of The Salk Institute, La Jolla CA, stating that neurogenesis, in the human brain, can be induced under enriched living environmental conditions.
The field of Neurogenesis is an encouraging one, because of its implications in developing new strategies to treat neurodegenerative disorders such as MSA, Shy-Drager Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Neurogenesis research, published in mainstream journals of medicine and neuroscience worldwide in the last five years, has substantiated the observations confirming the appearance of new neurons in the adult human brain. These results, based on brain-imaging and radio-labelling of neuronal DNA nucleotides, have provided a conclusive demonstration.
These discoveries now undermine or invalidate the previous neuroscientists’ dogma that the adult human brain cannot generate new neurons.
We have demonstrated that, in Parkinson’s disease and in Shy Drager Syndrome, dietary interventions of at least one year’s duration can result in the regression of the condition in 33% of patients. A lessening in disability has been detected in 42% of patients on the diet for 3 months.
Our study aims to demonstrate that these dietary intervention improvements are due to the activation and repair of damaged neurons, in areas of the brain, affected in Parkinson’s disease and Shy Drager Syndrome. The Neurogenic Diet consists mainly of a regime that approaches neuronal regeneration through the gradual introduction of six distinctive stages, as follows:
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