L-Carnitine

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L-Carnitine and Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the conditions in which it is claimed that L-Carnitine (in the form of Acetyl-L-Carnitine) may be beneficial. At the time of this writing, it seemed that more research needed to be done to try to make a better determination as to whether this supplement is useful in this particular condition.

What is PD?

Parkinson's disease affects the patient's central nervous system. It is also a kind of neurodegeneration (other such conditions include Huntington's and Alzheimer's).

Symptoms

There is a wide range of symptoms that can show up in a person with PD. Typically, motor symptoms show up, but there are also non-motor ones that are possible manifestations of the condition. Parkinsonian gait is one of the potential symptoms, where the person moves slowly and uses little steps that are shuffling in nature. Tremor is something that is commonly associated with the condition. Most of the time, it occurs (or is the strongest) at rest. The patient might have difficulty with swallowing, a situation which is known as dysphagia.

Exhaustion is also a possibility. A high level of drowsiness during the day might also occur. Pain is something else that can appear as a symptom of this condition. The person might also experience a sensation of numbness. This is nowhere near a complete list of symptoms that might show up in a person with Parkinson's disease.


Causes

In the majority of cases, there is no known cause behind this disorder. In some instances, though, it is possible to locate an underlying hereditary medical cause. There are also additional factors that are thought to potentially be involved, but a link has not been determined.

Treatment

At this time, no cure is known for instances of Parkinson's disease. Symptomatic relief may be obtained in various ways, such as medicine, surgical procedures, etc. Changes to the person's diet might be made in some cases. As was mentioned earlier, it has been suggested that Acetyl-L-Carnitine might be useful for people with PD, however, as of the time of this writing additional research into that is still necessary.

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