Schizophrenia associated with vitamin deficiencies from the start

Reprinted with the kind permission of Life Extension.

December 1 2017. Findings from a meta-analysis reported on November 30, 2017 in Schizophrenia Bulletin reveal significantly lower levels of folate and vitamin D among individuals experiencing their first psychotic episode in comparison with control subjects.

Joseph Firth of NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University in Australia and his colleagues analyzed 28 studies that examined blood levels of 6 vitamins and 10 minerals in 1,221 subjects who presented with first episode psychosis and 1,391 control subjects. They found significantly lower levels of the B vitamin folate and vitamin D in those with first episode psychosis compared to the controls. Rising levels of both vitamins were associated with decreases in symptoms. There was also limited evidence for an association between first episode psychosis and reductions in vitamin C.

“Although just one of many factors, it is important to recognize that nutritional deficiencies could certainly be contributing to the poor physical and mental health outcomes often observed in young people with psychosis,” Dr Firth observed. “Our research has found vitamin D and folate deficiencies, previously observed in long-term schizophrenia, exist right from illness onset, and are associated with worse symptoms among young people with psychosis. Since both of these nutrients are vital for physical and psychological wellbeing, this finding emphasizes the importance of promoting a healthy diet for young people with psychosis, and potentially suggests adding targeted nutritional supplementation to standard treatment could improve recovery – although this theory has yet to be tested.”

“While the results of our data analysis reveal that nutrient deficiencies are endemic in people suffering from first-episode psychosis, further work is needed to determine whether this is a by-product of the disorder, an effect from psychiatric medications, or whether lifestyle factors are to blame,” senior author Jerome Sarris added.

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  1. Stimme says:

    This is an excellent article. I want first to agree thoroughly with it and, second, to elaborate upon the statement:

    This is one of the aids to health and improvement (my translation).

    I was diagnosed in 1973 with schizophrenia. At the time, and subsequently, and incidentally prior to this, I felt that the idea of ‘one, cause. one diagnosis and one, solution’ was simplistic in the extreme. I no longer have any such diagnosis of mental health problems. I carry on a perfectly normal career. I realised that there were several reasons for my ‘confusion’. I realised that confusion and the often random attempts to express this in the ‘intelligent’ search for help were based upon real errors, stresses, and uncertainties. I analysed these (including dietary health and supplementation) and began to work on them.

    A month ago I accompanied my partner to a consultation. She has a ‘diagnosis’ of paranoid schizophrenia – and there is no doubt she does get paranoid on unreasonable issues – the psychiatrist asked me how I had got better, when told him I had ECT and depixol injections but had given them up years ago. I explained that the confusions were actual. Lack of life skills, lack of communication ability, stress in my work, relationship failures (which I later realised were very possibly due to my having epilepsy – of course, a young lady would be skeptical about marrying someone with epilepsy). My last seizure was in 1985, by the way. Then going on an ill-advised vegetarian diet overnight – with no research and no such restaurants around then!

    I planned a course of self-improvement; worked on this; observed I was acting perfectly sanely and ‘got better’ in the 1980s-90s!

    I can’t recommend a more thorough approach. I read Dr Abrhams work on vitamins & minerals years ago and was utterly convinced by this. I have also just read that schizophrenia makes the sufferer thirsty (as do the drugs). I also read that tap water is often very depleted of natural minerals – perhaps the very minerals the sufferer is seeking!?

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