Parkinsonís Disease usually results in an imbalance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems of the autonomic nervous system. Parkinsonís Disease usually leads to an overstimulated sympathetic system and an inhibited parasympathetic system. Calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium are involved in maintaining balance of the two systems. It is the job of magnesium to inhibit the sympathetic nervous system. Proper levels of magnesium can help regulate the imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems in Parkinsonís.
autonomic nervous system is the aspect of the nervous system that regulates the
functions you do not need to control. For
example, your heartbeat, your digestion, your thyroid hormones, and so on.
The autonomic nervous system is broken down into the sympathetic and
parasympathetic systems. The sympathetic system controls the functions that react to
stress, such as blood pressure, heartbeat, increased blood flowing away from the
skin and to the muscles and brain, and so on. The parasympathetic system controls the functions and organs
associated with the digestion, such as the stomach, small intestine, large
intestine, pancreas, gall bladder, liver, and so on. The two systems work together, but antagonistically to each
other. For instance, in an
emergency the sympathetic system will be stimulated in response to the
situation, while the parasympathetic system will be inhibited, with blood flow
from the organs of digestion diverted to muscles and the brain.
adrenals are part of the sympathetic system.
The adrenals respond to stress. In
Parkinsonís Disease the motor symptoms are stressful to the body and highly
stimulating to the sympathetic system. The
involuntary muscle control day and night of a Parkinsonís patient demonstrate
the over stimulation of the sympathetic system and the adrenals.
As discussed, the sympathetic and parasympathetic system work together,
although antagonistically. Thus,
the overstimulated sympathetic system will by its nature inhibit the
is often a second messenger hormone. The
hormones are the chemical messengers of the body. They send messages to cells and the messages must get inside
the cells to activate the appropriate responses.
Calcium is often used as a second messenger of hormones to activate the
appropriate responses inside cells. Magnesium balances calcium.
This means magnesium helps to shut down the messages calcium delivers,
after calcium has completed its work.
is often a second messenger of the hormones that run the sympathetic nervous
system. This means if the
sympathetic nervous system is overstimulated, calcium is involved as a second
messenger hormone. If you slow down
or stop the messages calcium is delivering, you will inhibit the sympathetic
is balanced outside cells by the magnesium inside cells. If the appropriate
ratio exists between calcium and magnesium, then calcium may be inhibited from
overly stimulating the sympathetic system.
to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems can decrease stress from
Parkinsonís. Inhibiting the
sympathetic system will inhibit epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine,
which can help in conserving dopamine. The
primary cause of Parkinsonís is considered low levels of dopamine.
Dopamine produces norepinephrine and epinephrine, so conserving these two
by inhibiting their production due to an overly stimulated sympathetic system
can conserve dopamine. This can
decrease stress from Parkinsonís.
magnesium-calcium balance can help balance the sympathetic system and
parasympathetic system. Sodium
works with calcium, so it can also stimulate the sympathetic system.
Potassium works with magnesium, so it can help inhibit the sympathetic
system. Therefore, you should
consider laboratory testing for magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium in
Parkinsonís. If the testing shows
improper mineral levels, you should consider appropriate supplementation to help
balance these minerals. Consider
supplementation using only pharmaceutical quality.
conclusion, the effects of an overly stimulated sympathetic system are stressful
in Parkinsonís. Proper balance of
magnesium and calcium can help balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic
system, which can decrease the stress from Parkinsonís.
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