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Broccoli sprout extract and schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is the condition in which an individual suffers from chronic mental disorder that affects his way of thinking, his feels and his behaviour. The impact of schizophrenia is to the extent that a person feels to have lost any connection to reality and can make him go through hallucinations and illusions in daily life. The present-day treatment which is based on antipsychotic drugs have adverse side effects ranging from cardiovascular issues to what is commonly called " the shakes." Fortunately, now scientists have found that a chemical called sulforaphane has the power to reduce its impact as well as keep the symptoms at bay. Researchers at the John Hopkins Schizophrenia Center in Baltimore, MD, believe that a chemical imbalance in the brain may be responsible for schizophrenia, and they used a supplement extracted from broccoli sprouts to alter it. Researchers are on the hunt for finding a safe drug with all expectations on sulforaphane. As of now, the only side effects detected are stomach upsets, that too only if one consumes it in an empty stomach, which is remarkably lesser than the side effects caused by antipsychotic drugs. However, the scientists do not recommend consumption without prescription for the time being as they are not yet sure whether the commercial versions are reliable. "It's possible that future studies could show sulforaphane to be a safe supplement to give people at risk of developing schizophrenia as a way to prevent, delay, or blunt the onset of symptoms.", says Dr. Akira Sawa, Ph.D.