Gluten's role in schizophrenia
Schizophrenia was actually one of the first mental health issues that led to further research into its connection with gluten intake. In fact one study that indicated this was published back in 1966 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The research, whose subjects were all women, was conducted in mental health facilities in several countries that included the U.S., Canada, Finland, Sweden, and Norway from 1936 to 1945. The scientists found a profound connection between the participants’ diet, which did include wheat or rye, and the annual averages of hospitalization for schizophrenia. Even more imperative was the decrease in the rate that these hospitalizations occurred after gluten was eliminated from the diet.