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Bipolar Disorder & Natural Treatment

Bipolar disorder is thought to be caused in part by an underlying problem with specific brain circuits and the balance of neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine.

Other biochemical abnormalities that are not considered as often include oversensitivity to acetylcholine, excess vanadium, and glutamatergic dysregulation. Specifically, bipolar patients tend to have excess acetylcholine receptors, which is a major cause of depression and mania. Bipolar patients also produce elevated levels of vanadium. Vanadium is a trace mineral naturally occurring in our diet, which appears to play a role in certain body functions.

Bipolar Disorder & Nutritional deficiency

- B vitamins - vitamin C

- Taurine - omega-3 & 6 fatty acids

- Iron - Magnesium

As in depression, B6, B9 or folate, and B12 deficiencies are implicated in bipolar.

There are a number of nutrients that are often deficient in those with bipolar. These include B vitamins, taurine, iron, magnesium, Vitamin C, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Avoid caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and any foods that trigger allergies, along with boosting B vitamins, calcium, and magnesium.

The diet should be rich foods that have higher levels of B vitamins such as leafy vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Foods high in calcium and magnesium, include sea vegetables, sesame, milk, and dairy products (if tolerable), as well as leafy green vegetables, and rich foods in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, mackerel, sardines, etc.). Use olive oil.

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