Note: Some choices listed below can be detrimental in other biotypes, particularly histadelia (See Natural Healing for Schizophrenia.)
Voices and other psychotic symptoms
Vitamin C — Promotes copper excretion, protects brain tissue from oxidation.
Vitamin B6 and/or P5P — May be even more important than B3 in children. Helps form GABA, serotonin, glutathione, CoQ10. Antioxidant. Supports B12 absorption, zinc metabolism. May help decrease available methyl.
Folic acid — Counterbalances and traps methyl. Folic acid enhances dopamine reuptake, decreasing availability in the synapse. (Walsh)
Vitamin B12 — As hydroxy- or cyano-cobalamin. Note: Methyl-cobalamine increases methylation so can be problematic for histapenics -- who are already overmethylated.
Zinc — Inhibits copper absorption and promotes its excretion. Facilitates histamine storage. Antioxidant. Helps maintain GABA levels and supports GABA function.
Restrict copper and support metal metabolism — See Metal Metabolism Notes, next post.
Usually critical to restrict copper and support metal metabolism. See Metal Metabolism Notes, next post.
Overstimulation, grandiosity, anxiety, insomnia
Magnesium — especially with irritability.
Pantothenic acid (B5) — Supports adrenals. Helps keep copper low. Helps counter overmethylation, and support dopamine reuptake. Helps form melatonin.
Choline or DMAE — Counters dopamine and norepinephrine.
Manganese — Lowers dopamine. Supports metal metabolism and copper elimination. Makes choline available to form acetylcholine.
GABA — Counterbalances norepinephrine.
B complex — Generally supports neural function and helps prevent deficits due to high doses of single B vitamin. Not always helpful as some components can overstimulate.
Often critical to restrict copper and support metal metabolism. See Metal Metabolism Notes, next post.
Depression and/or fatigue
Omega 3 — Supports neural receptor function.
Iron — only if deficient.
Meat requirements depend on individual reactions and chemistry.*
* Meat is rich in B3, B6, B12, zinc and carnitine, and benefits hypoglycemia. However, as Walsh points out, meat can markedly increase methionine and methylation.
SSRI’s and St Johnswort often produce adverse reactions in this biotype.
Reminder: This information is presented for educational purposes only, and is not intended as diagnosis or treatment recommendations for the individual. Even within the histapenic subgroup, everyone's biochemical requirements are unique. So if you need treatment for schizophrenia, bipolar, or any other medical condition, please consult a knowledgeable physician.
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