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Improvement of parkinsonian features correlate with high plasma levodopa values after broad bean (Vicia faba) consumption.
  1. J M Rabey,
  2. Y Vered,
  3. H Shabtai,
  4. E Graff,
  5. A D Korczyn
  1. Department of Neurology, Tel Aviv Elias Sourasky Medical Center, Israel.


    Five healthy volunteers and six patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) ate 250 g cooked broad beans after 12 hours without treatment. During the next four hours a substantial clinical improvement was noted, three patients showed severe dyskinesias, and plasma levodopa concentrations rose.

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