Our Recommendation for Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, Lite Version

Early Onset PD, Lite Version 0.0.2

Parkinson’s disease has no cure and we certainly are not claiming to have found one. However, it is our goal to find some combination of substances that together can slow or stop the progression of PD. We have taught a supercomputer (everybody calls it the Machine) to analyze the network of PD pathways and make predictions about which pathways need to be modulated (inhibited or activated) in order to have the desired effect. Furthermore, the Machine predicts which combination of over the counter (OTC) substances or supplements can modulate those pathways.
After a year of development and testing, the Machine is ready to make its first predictions. We asked the Machine to give us two substances that each modulate more than one pathway, that together will likely have the most beneficial effect for people with early onset Parkinson’s Disease. For the last week or two, Dr Ben and I have been looking at commercial options that best reflect those predictions. Because there are only two substances, we are calling this the Lite version. The Full version should be published soon. So we present to you, the Lite version 0.0.2 of our recommendation for people with young onset Parkinson’s Disease. Here is the list (give it a moment to load):

Justification and Instructions:

Curcumin is a no brainer. Dr. Ben and I would have been concerned if the Machine hadn’t picked it as one of the first substances in the combination. It did, and the reasons are obvious. It is probably not enough to slow Parkinson’s all by itself, but it modulates a number of the important pathways. In case you’re curious, Curcumin is the yellow pigment substance in the spice Turmeric. Don’t get it on your clothes.
Are you ready for this list of modulations? Curcumin is an inhibitor of microglia activation, an activator of Nrf2, an inducer of the heat shock response, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, reduces levels of intracellular and mitochondrial ROS, an inhibitor of alpha-synuclein aggregation and oligomerization, downregulates NF-KB, inhibits LRRK2, and reduces glutamate receptor function. Last but not least, it appears to upregulate glutathione and catalase activity. And I’m pretty sure we’ve missed some.
The problem is that the typical straight 95% Curcumin product doesn’t get absorbed well from the gut (it is not “bioavailable”). Almost all of it passes right through us. So we are recommending two versions of Curcumin that are formulated in a way to enhance absorption. There are a number of other high absorption formulations of Curcumin, but the research seems insufficient to consider them yet. We’ll keep checking. Some formulations use an extract of Pepper which we don’t recommend because there are some potentially serious drug interactions.
Because of the ratios of substances in the formulation, don’t get confused by the quantity of Curcumin. Each capsule contains less actual Curcumin than straight Curcumin products. But don’t focus on that number – it’s mostly about absorption and metabolism anyway. There are some better absorbing Curcumin formulations starting to be released, but they are still very expensive. Currently, the formulations we are recommending are the best compromise between absorption, safety and cost. We will update this recommendation if and when a better performing, low cost supplement emerges.
Of the two formulations we are recommending, both are used widely and considered safe. Meriva is cheaper and has a loyal following, but Longvida may have certain advantages (possibly reduced Curcumin metabolism and better access to brain). Choose based on your ability to afford Longvida (92 cents per day – bottle will last for only 25 days, so perhaps order two). Take one capsule twice a day on an empty stomach (if convenient, 3 hours after the last meal, and 1 hour before the next meal). If you cannot tolerate it on an empty stomach then take it with food. If you can afford it, you can increase the amount to 4 or more capsules per day. Some people may have sleep disturbances if taken before bedtime.
Low Dose Lithium complements Curcumin by modulating a number of additional PD pathways. Lithium upregulates autophagy, inhibits glycogen synthase kinase-3, inhibits inositol monophosphatase, downregulates histone deacetylase, prevents oxidized/nitrated alpha-synuclein accumulation, protects against neuronal cell loss, and even appears to be synergistic with SINEMET® (and L-DOPA by itelf) in improving locomotor function (i.e. movement).
Lithium is just a mineral. It is in your drinking water. At far, far higher doses, Lithium is used as a medication by psychiatrists to treat bipolar disorder. We are recommending a very small dose of a formulation available without a prescription. Long term studies have demonstrated its safety, with “no side effects”. Lithium is neuroprotective and even appears to reduce risk of dementia, improve mood, reduce suicides, and promote longevity. We may even decide to increase the dosage in future versions.
Take it once a day, immediately after a meal.
When will you notice a change? You may see some of the benefits of these substances very quickly. On the other hand, progression of PD is subtle and benefits of these substances may be equally subtle. Give it time – up to a year before you decide if it’s working or not. Let us know what you experience with it.
Our philosophy is to use combinations and quantities that are most likely to work the first time. This may not seem like the most conservative approach. But in our experience, the benefit of seeing an effect quickly can be very motivating and provide hope. One should not underestimate the value of such an approach in maintaining any health or lifestyle modification. After a beneficial effect has been seen, one can then titrate downward at one's leisure.


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Dr. Steve

Dr. Steve

Researcher at Stop Parkinson's
Dr. Steve is a biochemist, specializing in medical bioinformatics and nutrition. Dr. Steve directs a biomedical consulting laboratory, focusing primarily on biomedical investing and health policy.
Dr. Steve

10 thoughts on “Our Recommendation for Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, Lite Version”

    1. “Geezer-onset”, haha! It looks like, for the first lite version of two items, the predictions are the same. Young and older onset. We will publish it shortly. As we start adding more items you will see a difference in the regimens. It looks like we are also going to make separate recommendations for prevention and for late stage PD.

  1. From what I have read, Meriva is only useful for arthritis and such since it breaks down to curcumin metabolites and only free curcumin passes the blood brain barrier.

    1. With regard to humans there is far more marketing than actual data, especially with regard to the brain. The second reference, preliminary as it is, may be the best we’ve got regarding Meriva. And since we expect curcumin’s access to the human brain to be similar to that of mice, we expect that chronic dosing of curcumin should accumulate in the human brain (for example, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2527621/). Even with the tiny amounts of native curcumin that survive to reach the BBB. I expect that Longvida will be many times faster and more efficient than Meriva. But I wouldn’t rule out Meriva just yet.

  2. hey dr steve can you pls provide me the link for amazon to buy those products you recommend. i really really needed that , iam female age 32 have pd from the age 24 and had my dbs 6 months ago , Eager for your answer.

    1. Hi Shazia, There was a technical problem and the items were not being listed. It seems to be working now. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  3. Very intresting I’m bipolar and ADHD and using Longvida after trying others also because it arrives all as curcumin to the brain, that’s what literature says, and i have much less up and downs, also using 900mg a day of lithium and 200mg of lamictal, I think I feel much better with the curcumin, thanks.

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