It’s been commonly known that wheat consumption has been linked to severe psychological disorders like Schizophrenia, but new research points to the very mechanism in which may cause the disorder in the first place: cutting off blood flow to the frontal cortex.
Sayer Ji, Founder, who is the founder of Greenmedinfo LLC, has published interesting insights from his own research into the connection between Gluten and Schizophrenia.
Having began by first publishing the “60 years of Research Links Gluten Grains to Schizophrenia” (read here), Sayer has revealed further explanations for this phenomena.
A case study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine involved a 33-year old patient, having already been diagnosed as a Schizophrenic, presenting himself to doctors experiencing severe diarrhea and weight-loss (common indications of gluten intolerance).
A brain scan was performed which showed that this patient had Cerebral Hypoperfusion (decreased blood flow to the brain) in his frontal cortex.
Subsequently it was found that a gluten free diet effectively normalised any intestinal damage but had most of all, normalised the blood flow to the frontal cortex which also resolved the symptoms of schizophrenia.
In 2004, a continuation of this study was undertaken to determine whether the patient in 1997 was simply an anomaly. This study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, showed that patients with untreated Celiac disease had an increase Hypoperfusion.
So what lies in the frontal cortex?
The frontal cortex is responsible for what’s known as “executive functions” of the brain that involve tasks such as determining the difference between things and events, analysing the consequences of current actions and behaviours, and controlling or suppressing socially unacceptable behaviours.
Therefore, when we consider the definition of Schizophrenia it would make sense that any obstruction and hindrance to these “executive functions” in the frontal cortex could very well appear to produce the symptoms associated with Schizophrenia. And now we’ve been shown the effect that Wheat/Gluten has in reducing blood flow to this brain region!
So, what if you’re not a Celiac? Or don’t suffer from any psychiatric disorder?
Given these findings, it appears that just simply the consumption of Gluten/Wheat would most probably still hinder blood flow to the frontal cortex regardless of who you are.
Perhaps this is just one more reason to re-consider the amount of Gluten/Wheat that is included into your diet.