Several members of a PD Facebook group I belong to have been extolling the virtues of Mannitol. They say it reduces tremoring and improves balance.
Mannitol is a sweetener, usually made from fructose and hydrogen. It increases blood glucose to a lesser extent than sucrose, and so it is commonly used as a sweetener for people with diabetes or sugar intolerance. The fact that it can be produced artificially is the only reason that it is often referred to as an ‘artificial sweetener’, but it does not fall into the same class as proper artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame. It is available on Amazon and at health food stores.
Mannitol’s potential relating to PD was first discovered by Israeli scientists in 2013.
I haven’t tried it yet and I’m not sure that I will because it is not a cure and has a long list of side effects, including:
- chest discomfort
- difficult or labored breathing
- dry heaves
- runny nose
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- tightness in the chest
- troubled breathing
Mannitol is not a cure but it may offer relief from symptoms. If you have had experience with it, please let us know.
Wishing you a blessed day!