Perinatal Supplement May Lower Schizophrenia Risk

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Perinatal Supplement May Lower Schizophrenia Risk
Tue, 01-22-2013 - 2:51pm

A new study reveals that babies who received the essential nutrient choline perinatally (before or just after birth) were far less likely to exhibit a physiologic risk factor for schizophrenia at the age of 33 days compared with those who received a placebo.

“We thought that if we could get a good intervention prenatally or early postnatally, we could decrease risk for the disorder,” said lead author Randy Ross, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

“This is really a first step towards trying to develop a prevention strategy,” said Ross. He added that finding ways to prevent a disease “may be much more effective than treating it after it comes on.”


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Registered: 08-04-2001

Thank you for this!  Choline is often grouped in with the B vitamins, and both deficiency and "insufficiency" of various B vitamins in general have been strongly linked with problems in energy production, nervous system issues, spina bifida (B9) and various "mental" problems.

Many parents are now making sure they are having enough folate (B9), cobalamin (B12), Choline, Niacin (B3) and more during pregnancy, and making sure their child gets enough, especially when the child shows problems with thinking, energy, moods, etc.Many of us have the genetic variant - MTHFR - necessitating the methylated forms of the B9 and B12 vitamins, and one pharmaceutical company has even taken advantage of a proprietary way of making methylated folate (B9) so they can sell their version as a prescription medication (Deplin) for mood disorders!

I guess it is only a matter of time for them to come up with prescriptions for Choline, and other B vitamins, for "Depression", "Bipolar", and "Schizophrenia".

What we found in our family, is that it is never too late to improve nutrition and the payoff can be astounding.


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