7. B Vitamins
B vitamins can be beneficial for those suffering from bipolar disorder because they help regulate the mood. Vitamins B1, B6, B9 and B12 are particularly important as they can help decrease symptoms like anxiety, irritability, depression, mood swings and fatigue.
Vitamin B1, also called thiamin, improves blood circulation in the brain and body. Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, combats irritability. Vitamin B9, popularly known as folic acid, is critical for maintaining proper brain function and synthesis of key brain chemicals.
Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is required for manufacturing certain neurotransmitters and its deficiency is linked to symptoms of mania, irritability, psychosis, depression and fatigue.
- As B vitamins work together, it is best to take a vitamin B-complex supplement that has the proper the proper proportion of the different B vitamins.
- You can also eat more B vitamin rich foods like milk, eggs, fortified cereals, whole grains, leafy greens and soy products.
8. St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is a popular herbal antidepressant as it helps treat mild to moderate depression. It also affects various brain chemicals.
However, those suffering from bipolar disorder should take this herb only after consulting a doctor as it can trigger mania. Plus, it tends to interact with a large number of prescription medications.