Muhammad Ali’s Toughest Fight: Parkinson’s Disease

“Rumble, young man, rumble,” used to be his battle cry.

The three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, who was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. and became a global and cultural icon died on 3rd June (Friday) in Phoenix.

Ali once calculated that he took approximately 29,000 punches on his head in a career that spanned more than two decades. As an amateur, Ali never wore headgear, and never backed down while trading punches with brutal sluggers like George Foreman, Earnie Shavers and Frazier.

In fact, since 1984 Ali, had battled Parkinson’s the way he fought the late Joe Frazier, never giving an inch.

How Ali (nicknamed “The Greatest”) got this disease isn’t known. But it has been rumored that Ali’s Parkinsonism resulted from head traumas, which he received during the fights.

The most common neurological symptoms of Parkinsonism are characterized by rigidity, bradykinesia, tremor, slurring speech and postural instability.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the CNS (central Nervous System) which ultimately leads to the death of Dopamine-containing cells in our brain. Although the underlying causes of Parkinson’s disease are numerous, but in general it is believed that Parkinsonism is a combination of genetic and environmental factors, whereby even simple tasks like getting dressed up in the morning can become a chore.

While there is hardly any cure available for this disease, there are medications available to boost the Dopamine levels in the brain. But it has also been noticed that over time, Parkinson’s symptoms, stop responding to traditional drugs and so it’s important to take extra measures to slow the progression of this disease.

Here are 5 top ways to manage Parkinson’s disease naturally:

Eat Healthy

Since constipation is common among Parkinson’s patients, it’s important to eat a whole food diet, that has plenty of fiber and also remove grains and processed foods completely. Parkinson’s patients must stay adequately hydrated and increase Omega-3 intakes which helps in elevating the Dopamine levels in our brain.

Drink Green Tea

Green Tea contains Polyphenol antioxidants that help in fighting with the free radicals. Green Tea is also enriched with Theanine, which elevates the Dopamine levels in our brain. It has been suggested by medical practitioners that to reap the benefits of Green Tea, one must consume at least 3 cups of Green Tea every day.

Practice Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art of slow and rhythmic movements. Tai Chi is often recommended for maintaining strength and balance. Research is now suggesting that Tia Chi, which is often recommended as a way for seniors to stay active and fit, helps in managing Parkinson’s symptoms. Practicing an hour of Tai Chi thrice a week is enough to help Parkinson’s patients to regain their postural stability.


Though Eastern medicine has often been neglected by the physicians in the West, but research shows that acupuncture can relieve symptoms of Parkinsonism. Acupuncture, which is capable of generating neural response in Putamen and Thalamus of the brain helps in slowing the progression of this disease.

Take Vitamin D3 supplement

It has been noted that about 70% of early, untreated patients of Parkinsonism have lower levels of Vitamin D. Research on Parkinson’s disease has proved that people who are over 50 years and have higher levels of Vitamin D are 35% less likely to develop Parkinsonism.

Although it has been suggested that by 2040 the number of people affected by Parkinson’s will double, but this development is not inevitable.

You can take control of your risk today with these five solutions, or if you are already a patient of Parkinson’s disease, these tips may help you to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease and actively protect your brain.