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Nutrition’s Role in Early Psychosis Treatment

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Early psychosis is associated with nutritional deficiencies, potentially presenting new avenues for improving health among the millions of people affected worldwide.

Previous research has shown a strong correlation between long-term schizophrenia and various nutritional deficiencies, including vitamins B, C, D and E. However, until now no one has assessed the full range of nutritional deficiencies during the first episode of psychosis.

Now research published in Schizophrenia Bulletin has assessed 28 studies examining the blood levels of six vitamins and 10 minerals across 2612 individuals. All participants were assessed either immediately after presenting with psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) for the first time, prior to antipsychotic treatment, or within the early stages of treatment.

The study found that early psychosis is associated with large deficits in the blood levels of vitamin B9 (folate) and vitamin D. Furthermore, these nutritional deficiencies were associated with worse mental health in young people with early psychosis.

Although the review found no significant differences for other vitamins and minerals, the researchers said that there were only a small number of studies that examined these nutrients, so they could not be ruled out until further research could determine their importance.

Lead author, Dr Joseph...

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