Arch Neurol. Oct 2006;63:1440-1446
Cognitive Impairment and Celiac Disease
William T. Hu, MD, PhD; Joseph A. Murray, MD; Melanie C. Greenaway, PhD;
Joseph E. Parisi, MD; Keith A. Josephs, MST, MD
This was a limited study. While it looked at folate and vitamins B12 and E, one major oversite of celiac disease research continues to be a dearth of knowledge about levels of essential fatty acids in celiac disease patients. Fat malabsorption is a primary symptom of celiac disease, and the consequences continue to be ignored. Meanwhile, an accumulation of evidence supports the critical role of omega-3 fatty acids in maintaining cognitive and mental health. Omega-3 supplementation has even reversed conditions such as schizophrenia in individuals, begging the question of whether it is gluten toxicity or a fatty acid deficiency that may cause schizophrenia in some celiacs.
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