Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Nutrients and Bipolar Mania: Overview

Before proceeding further on nutrients and mania, here is a general overview of  investigational targets. 

Note: Only some of these would be relevant for any given individual
Minerals: magnesium glycinate, zinc, trace-mineral-dose lithium orotate, etc. May need to restrict copper and/or iron.
Inhibitory aminos: taurine (plus zinc), GABA (especially with histapenia or pyroluria), glycine (pyroluria). Perhaps, serotonin precursors.
B1, B3, B6, or other B vitamins.
Vitamin C. Other antioxidants.
Choline. Perhaps, omega 3 and/or GLA.
Kava (especially with histadelia), valerian (histapenia), theanine, skullcap, Bach Rescue Remedy, passion flower.
Moderate thyroid overactivity; support blood sugar and adrenal balance.
Treat histapenia, pyroluria, MT disorder, etc..
Attend to Candida, allergies, toxicity, malabsorption, immune, neurological, and other health issues.
Decrease stressors (e.g., quiet, darkened room; regular meals, sleep, etc).
Increase support with seasonal change and other stressors.

Important: These investigational targets should not to be construed as treatment directives. This material is presented for educational purposes only. 
Remember that therapy must be tailored to each individual's unique biochemical requirements, including contraindications. So if you need treatment for bipolar disorder, or any other medical condition, consult a knowledgeable physician. In some cases, this will be an orthomolecular or other nutritionally-oriented physician. 

For further info, see:"Natural Healing for Bipolar Disorder," available from boragebooks.com


  1. Blueberry has been a focus of anti-aging and brain support research for the past decade, with notable research coming out of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University on the ability of blueberry anthocyanins to cross the blood-brain barrier and enhance memory, cognition, and motor skills.

  2. Interesting site.

    In my book, Natural Healing for Bipolar Disorder, I place antioxidants in the section between mania and depression, as research suggests many are helpful for both, as well as general stability.

    That said, blueberry anthocyanin enhancement of "memory, cognition and motor skills" is more what you would look for to counter depression, but not mania.

    Similarly, many of the feel-good supernutrients and superfoods may be more antidepressant than antimanic.