Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
May 11, 2004

Six weeks to Parkinson's improvement with a single vitamin

Yet another nutrient deficiency disease that they rather you not find out...

Chris Gupta

The latest news in Parkinson's disease research isn't some new, patented wonder drug. It's the disease's apparent link to riboflavin, or vitamin B2.

Researchers in Brazil examined a group of 31 Parkinson's patients and found that every single one had a riboflavin deficiency--even though their dietary sources (like liver, almonds, and spinach) were adequate. To fully explore the link, the researchers asked the patients to stop eating all red meat and to take 30 milligrams of riboflavin every eight hours.

After six months, the patients' functional motor capacity increased nearly 30 percent--from an average of 44 percent of normal to an average 71 percent of normal. Tests for riboflavin deficiency had also normalized in all the patients, and there were no side effects except the usual "bright yellow urine" effect of riboflavin. [1]

The researchers didn't explain why they felt it was necessary for the patients to eliminate red meat in addition to correcting the riboflavin deficiency. But I've found that nearly all individuals with Parkinson's have trouble digesting animal protein, especially red meat, so perhaps this has something to do with it.

Six months without a steak might sound like a lot, especially with barbecue season coming up. But given the possibility of very significant improvement in motor function, it's worth eliminating it for a six-month trial. And keep in mind that the elimination is usually only temporary: If you do get positive results, you can probably add red meat back into your diet eventually and increase your riboflavin dosage to maintain the improvement. If you decide to try this approach, don't forget to "back up" the riboflavin--or extra quantities of any individual B vitamin--with the entire B-complex.

This is very recent research, so I haven't had time to evaluate it clinically yet. But since riboflavin is completely harmless, it's definitely worth a try if you have Parkinson's. You may have significantly improved mobility--and the worst that can happen is a case of "bright yellow urine." JVW

May 2004 Newsletter - Nutrition & Healing website:

[1] Coimbra CG, Junqueira VB. "High doses of riboflavin and the elimination of dietary red meat promote the recovery of some motor functions in Parkinson's disease patients.” Braz J Med Biol Res 2003; 36(10): 1,409-1,417

See also:

Coenzyme Q10 Parkinson's disease

Insecticide Causes Mad Cow Disease

Vitamin B12, Drinking Water Fluoridation, and Alzheimer's Dementia (AD)

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posted by Chris Gupta on Tuesday May 11 2004
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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Readers' Comments

Thanks for the information. The vitamin B group (and all other intake) works best when used in conjunction with cell rehydration under hypothalamic control. Using Aqua Hydration Formulas (from Wild Medicine in Australia -, plus Bowen Therapy, all other therapies (drugs or complementary therapies) are enhanced.
I am the first person to fully recover from stage IV Parkinson's, and am now working with many hundreds of PD people around the world. We are seeing excellent results.
Best wishes

Posted by: john coleman on May 12, 2004 01:46 AM


where can I find more info on the research done with vitamins and minerals as pertaining to Parkinson's?

Posted by: Rich Barr on September 9, 2005 04:31 PM


In a recent study conducted in Brazil, 31 patients with the disease were examined, and all were found to be deficient in vitamin B2, or riboflavin

Posted by: Croft Woodruff on January 12, 2006 04:41 PM


Thank you for posting this information about vitamin B and Parkinson's. I think there are many cheap natural treatments for disease that the medical establishment would rather we not know about. Long live the Internet!

Posted by: SFaith on February 15, 2010 02:08 PM


Reference to exclusion of red meat.There is much info on "Prions"& a medical doctor wrote a book adressing this mutant protein in most all meats. Please research the term & I'm sure you will find the book & related diseases caused by Prionsmainly brain & nervous system.

Posted by: robeert on October 3, 2011 04:23 PM


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