Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nutrients and Bipolar Mania: Why Zinc?

Consider some of the means by which zinc might benefit mania:

— Helps moderate levels of the major stimulating neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine.
— Supports creation of GABA, a major inhibitory neurotransmitter, and is critical when taking taurine
— Crucial in handling stress. Depleted continuously in pyroluria (a common stress disorder in bipolars, see: )
— Critical in decreasing overloads of stimulating metals, such as copper and iron, and certain heavy metals.
— Supports balanced blood sugar (thereby, mood stability).
— Helps counter dairy and grain sensitivity (implicated in both mood and cognitive dysfunction).
— Some ability to neutralize excitotoxicity (which can trigger mania).

For more on zinc, mania, and bipolar disorder, including references, see my book, Natural Healing for Bipolar Disorder.

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