Nutrition for schizophrenia

General description of the disease


Schizophrenia is a progressive disease characterized by gradual personality changes (emotional impoverishment, autism, the appearance of eccentricities and oddities), negative changes in mental activity (dissociation of mental activity, thought disorder, decreased energy potential) psychopathological manifestations (affective, psychopathic and neurosis-like, hallucinatory , delusional, catatonic, hebephrenic).

The causes of schizophrenia

  • hereditary factors;
  • age and gender: in men, this disease occurs earlier, there is a greater risk of its continuous course, without a favorable outcome; in women, schizophrenia is paroxysmal, due to the cyclical nature of neuroendocrine processes (pregnancy, menstrual function, childbirth), the outcome of the disease is more favorable; in childhood or adolescence, malignant forms of schizophrenia may develop.

Symptoms of Schizophrenia

The symptoms of schizophrenia are psychopathological manifestations (impaired emotions and intelligence). For example, it is difficult for a patient to concentrate, to assimilate the material, he may complain of stopping or blocking of thoughts, their uncontrollable flow, parallel thoughts. Also, the patient can understand the special meaning of words, works of art, create neologisms (new words), use certain symbolism that is understandable only to him, ornate, logically inconsistent presentation of thoughts.

With a long course of the disease with an unfavorable outcome, speech disruption or its incoherence may be observed, obsessive thoughts of which the patient cannot get rid of (for example, constant reproduction of names, dates, terms in memory, obsessions, fears, reasoning). In some cases, the patient spends a long time thinking about the meaning of death and life, the foundations of the world order, his place in it, and so on.

Healthy foods for schizophrenia

Some doctors and scientists believe that in schizophrenia, a special “anti-schizophrenic” diet should be followed, the principle of which is not to include foods that contain casein and gluten in the diet. In addition, products should contain nicotinic acid, vitamin B3, antidepressants, enzymes and be multivitamin. These products include:

  • fermented milk products, cottage cheese, yogurt, buttermilk (contain amino acids that promote the absorption of all the necessary food ingredients, active digestion, promote the formation of vitamins B1, K);
  • low-fat fish, lean meat, seafood should be consumed in combination with fresh vegetables (with the exception of potatoes) and in a ratio of 1 to 3, no more than once a week in the morning or at lunchtime;
  • foods rich in vitamin B3 (PP, niacin, nicotinic acid): pork liver, beef, porcini mushroom, peas, champignons, chicken eggs, beans, hazelnuts, pistachios, oatmeal, walnuts, chicken, barley groats, corn, sunflower seeds, hulled peanuts, buckwheat, bran, shelled sesame seeds, yeast, whole grains, wheat and rice bran;
  • antidepressant products: almonds, salmon, trout, seaweed, broccoli, bananas, turkey meat, lamb, rabbit, blueberries, strawberries;
  • borscht, soups, without store-bought sauces;
  • fresh vegetables and fruits;
  • dried fruits;
  • homemade natural juices;
  • honey.

Folk remedies for schizophrenia

  • rye tea (a tablespoon of rye per ¼ liter of water) to use in the morning;
  • an infusion of garden marjoram flowers (pour two tablespoons of flowers with boiling water (about 400 grams), insist in a thermos) to use before meals 4 times a day;
  • herbal balm (one part of the herb tincture of the marsh grass, two parts of the tincture of the full color of the field, borage, oregano, peppermint, wild strawberry, lemon balm leaves, hawthorn flowers, barberry, lily of the valley, mix three parts of valerian (root) tincture and place in a dark dish) to use half an hour before a meal in the amount of one tablespoon.

Dangerous and harmful foods for schizophrenia

Eliminate alcohol from the diet, foods that contain artificial or chemical substances, preservation, refined foods, as well as foods that are enriched with artificial vitamins, food additives, synthetic colors, various semi-finished products (dumplings, pasties, ravioli, nuggets, cutlets), products breaded, sausages, sausages, canned meat, fish, mayonnaise, sauces, ketchups, bouillon cubes, dry semi-finished soups, cocoa powder, kvass, instant coffee. In addition, it is necessary to limit the use of sugar, desserts, sweet soda, which interfere with the absorption of vitamin B3 into the body.


The administration is not responsible for any attempt to use the information provided, and does not guarantee that it will not harm you personally. The materials cannot be used to prescribe treatment and make a diagnosis. Always consult your specialist doctor!

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