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By shakingpt On 2010.10.19 09:14
All PDers have off times and good times with their medications. It appears that too much protein increases your off times. When you eat a meal the carrier associated with amino acids help carry the levadopa to the brain. When amino acids are too high then your levadopa to the the brain are too low. The amino acids share the same carrier that gets levadopa to the brain with protein. Protein therefore utilizes most of the amino acids leaving little for levadopa. This then gives you more off time due to decreased levadopa.

Protein however is essential to good nutrition. Proteins are therefore recommended to be no more than 40-45 grams per day. This is the amount of meat usually ingested in one meal. This is also why it is recommended to take your levadopa on an empty stomach. It will increase your on times. Fruits, vegetables and grain should comprise your other 2 meals.

By karolinakitty On 2010.10.19 15:53
Yes we have discussed this many times... Some folks can handle it and others can't. It depends on the person. Also we have come to find that some folks CAN'T take the levadopa on an empty stomach as it causes some folks severe nausea. It is all gonna depend on the person and what they can handle. Even though there are recommendations out there, we all have to try and weed through what works best for our PWP. Also, even consult the doc about this, as there is a weght factor involved in the amounts of proteins, fats and carbohydrates a person can handle on one day. I know this as I had to take several dietetic classes when i cheffed in a hospital.

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