Fava beans and Parkinson’s disease: useful ‘natural supplement’ or useless risk?

@article{Raguthu2009FavaBA,
  title={Fava beans and Parkinson’s disease: useful ‘natural supplement’ or useless risk?},
  author={L Raguthu and Sara Varanese and Louis Flancbaum and Ezekiel Tayler and Alessandro Di Rocco},
  journal={European Journal of Neurology},
  year={2009},
  volume={16}
}
In April 2008, a 54-year-old man of Ashkenazi Jewish/Polish descent developed an acute episode of malaise and severe jaundice. He was diagnosed with Parkinson s disease (PD) in May 2007 and was treated with rasagiline, 1 mg daily, and Co-Enzyme Q10, 1200 mg daily. His past medical history was significant for hepatitis B and Epstein-Barr virus, and Gilbert s disease. He had no family history of anemia or jaundice, although information was limited because most of his relatives perished in the… 

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