Schizophrenia patients taking high doses of B vitamins along with their standard treatment were found in a recent study to experience added improvements. Affecting one percent of the population, schizophrenia is a debilitating disorder that makes it difficult to distinguish between what is real and what isn’t. Treatment with antipsychotic drugs is typically effective in the short-term, but long-term outcomes are poor—80 percent of patients relapse within five years. A growing body of research is exploring ways to improve these outcomes, and nutritional supplements are one promising approach. But results in this area have been inconsistent, leading the authors of the review to examine outcomes across multiple studies.“Looking at all of the data from clinical trials of vitamin and mineral supplements for schizophrenia to date, we can see that B vitamins effectively improve outcomes for some patients. This could be an important advance, given that new treatments for this condition are so desperately needed,” said lead author Joseph Firth.
B vitamins found to reduce symptoms of schizophrenia