A Gluten free diet will lessen symptoms of Schizophrenia
There are several scientific studies that link increased severity of both positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia to Gluten. What are positive and Negative symptoms?
The name refers to the two types of symptoms in schizophrenia, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association: positive symptoms, which refer to an excess or distortion of normal functions (e.g., hallucinations and delusions), and negative symptoms, which represent a diminution or loss of normal functions.
When I found out about this link, I removed all Gluten from our family diet. My advice? Remove it SLOWLY. It won’t make a damn bit of difference if no one eats that rock hard loaf of rice flour bread. Cooking with non wheat flour is an art. I invested in a Zojirushi Bread Machine because it has a gluten free mode. I cartwheeled all over pinterest for simple recipes at first. Pancakes, muffins & cookies made with almond flour were the easiest to start with. Eventually I reduced our gluten intake by 90%.
We did see a difference in Nick’s behavior. In addition there was an improvement in our health too. Below you will find a link to an overview of a study on gluten done by the AJOP. There are hundreds of similar studies.
“Another look at gluten in schizophrenia.” American Journal of Psychiatry, 135(11), pp. 1417–1418 http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1979-26475-001
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