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Schizophrenia begins in the womb

Posted by Hugh on November 26, 2017, at 13:36:23

Symptoms of schizophrenia usually appear in adolescence or young adulthood, but new research reveals that the brain disease likely begins very early in development, toward the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. The finding opens up a new understanding of this devastating disease and the potential for new treatment possibilities in utero.

"The next step is to investigate how to target the INFS pathway and even other pathways that interact with INFS using drugs or even dietary supplements that could prevent the dysregulation from taking place," he [Michal K. Stachowiak] continued, noting that this kind of supplementation has been effective with disorders such as spina bifida, for example.

Complete article:

Robert Freedman of the University of Colorado, Denver has been giving the dietary supplement phosphatidylcholine to pregnant women, and has found that this may significantly lower the risk of their children developing schizophrenia.

Dr. Freedman's talk on preventing schizophrenia:

In a clinical trial that Dr. Freedman is conducting, he instructs pregnant women to take five 450 mg phosphatidylcholine capsules at breakfast and five 450 mg phosphatidylcholine capsules at dinner. This is the equivalent of approximately 1250 mg of choline per day. To get this amount of choline through diet alone, a person would have to eat six eggs a day.

And animal research suggests that extra choline during pregnancy produces offspring that are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, low intelligence, and memory loss later in life.




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