What Helps Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness characterized by periodic changes in mood alternating between elevated highs and depression.


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Natural Remedies That May Help Bipolar Disorder

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Omega-3 Fish Oil

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats absorbed through food including fish (mackerel, salmon, seabass), vegetable oils (flax oil, soybean oil), nuts (walnuts) and seeds (flax, chia, hemp). There are three main Omega-3 Fatty Acids: ALA also known as Alpha-Linolenic Acid, EPA also known as Eicosapentaenoic Acid and DHA also known as Docosahexaenoic Acid. ALA is found naturally in plants, while EPA and DHA are found in fish. Omega-3 Fatty Acids maintain heart, vascular, lung, brain, immune and endocrine system health, while reducing inflammation.


Effectiveness
88%


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N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)

N-acetylcysteine, also known as NAC, is the supplement form of the non-essential amino acid L-cysteine. In its natural form, cysteine is found in foods including meat (pork, beef), poultry (chicken, eggs), fish (tuna), dairy (yogurt, swiss cheese) and seeds (sunflower). Cysteine is a component of the powerful antioxidant, glutathione, and is used for its liver-protective properties and immune function support, as well as, in the treatment of an acetaminophen overdose.


Effectiveness
25%


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Choline

Choline is an essential nutrient produced in minor amounts by the liver. To achieve adequate levels, it must be supplemented through foods including meat (beef, liver), fish (salmon, scallops, cod), poultry (chicken, eggs) and vegetables (brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower). Choline is required for metabolism, liver function, brain development and nervous system health.


Effectiveness
38%


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Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola rosea, also known as Golden Root, is a perennial flowering herb in the Crassulaceae family native to the high altitude regions of Asia, Europe, and the Arctic. Eurasian traditional medicine used the roots as a stimulant; Vikings used the plant as a strength-enhancer; while today, Rhodiola rosea is used to promote good health, strength, endurance, physical and mental performance, and reduce stress-induced fatigue.


Effectiveness
75%


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Inositol


Effectiveness
25%


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St John’s Wort

St John’s Wort is a flowering shrub in the Hypericaceae perforatum family.  Native to Europe, it’s June-blooming, yellow flowers have been used in medicine since ancient Greece. Named after St. John the Baptist, the presence of the photochemical, hyperforin, is the key antidepressant and anxiolytic component. St. John’s Wort has also been revered for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.


Effectiveness
1%


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SAMe

SAMe, the acronym for S-adenosyl-L-methionine, is a compound found naturally in the human body. Discovered in the 1950s as a derivative of the amino acid methionine, it maintains cell membranes, in addition to, producing and regulating hormones. It is not found naturally in foods, therefore a synthetic version is required to normalize inadequate levels.


Effectiveness
25%


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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also known as CBT, is a psychotherapy centered on bringing awareness to inaccurate or negative thinking, therefore altering behavioral patterns. In addition to helping individuals manage stressful situations, CBT is used in the treatment of mental health disorders including depression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Effectiveness
50%


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