Minerals are naturally occurring substances that are basic building blocks for cells and chemical processes in the body. Most of them are needed in relatively small amounts, amounts that are covered through the combination of a reasonably decent diet and a regular multivitamin with minerals.
Supplementing with specific minerals can be helpful for alleviating bipolar symptoms, however. Minerals that are sometimes suggested include:
- Calcium. Important for the regulation of impulses in the nervous system and for neurotransmitter production. If you supplement with magnesium, you should also take twice that amount of calcium–these two minerals need each other to work. However, excessive levels of calcium (hypocalcinuria) can result in stupor.
- Chromium picolinate. May help control the sugar and carbohydrate cravings that many patients experience while taking Depakote or Depakene. Chromium picolinate can act like a stimulant, however, so keep an eye out for this side effect.
- Magnesium. Lowers blood pressure, and is also important for the regulation of impulses in the nervous system and neurotransmitter production. Magnesium deficiency can cause anxiety and insomnia, and it can also lower your seizure threshold. This mineral is rapidly depleted during periods of stress, hard work, hot weather, or fever, and that’s probably one of the reasons that these conditions can precipitate a seizure. If you are supplementing with vitamin B-6, you will need to add magnesium as well.
- Manganese. Deficiency is marked by fatigue, irritability, memory problems, and ringing or other noises in the ears. It is needed in trace amounts only, but some people’s diets do not include enough.
- Zinc. Another trace mineral that’s often absent from the diet. Symptoms of deficiency can include mental disturbance.
- Risk Factors for Bipolar Disorder
- Bipolar Risk Factors
- Self-Help Strategies for Bipolar Disorder
- Who Gets Bipolar Disorder?
- Vitamins for Bipolar Disorder
- Talking to a Professional About Bipolar Disorder
- How is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed?
- Talking to a Doctor About Bipolar Disorder
- How Bipolar Disorder is Diagnosed
- Prevention of Bipolar Disorder