• Yasmin Phillips

Foods That Can Improve Symptoms

Updated: Aug 17

Living with bipolar is a daily challenge and we must use every tool in the box in to live the fullest lives possible. We all know we are what we eat and eating the right foods can improve your symptoms and may even reduce the need for medications




Check out this article on how some people treated there symptoms of anxiety and depression with nutrition https://www.healthline.com/health/best-diets-for-mental-health#6 .

Up your intake of essential omega-3 fats

This means eating fish at least twice a week, seeds on most days and supplementing omega-3 fish oils. The best fish for EPA, the type of omega-3 fat that’s linked with improving mood, are:


Mackerel (1,400mg per 100g/3oz) Herring/kipper (1,000mg) Sardines (1,000mg),fresh tuna (900mg), Anchovy (900mg), Salmon (800mg),Trout (500mg). Tuna, being high in mercury is best eaten not more than three times a month.


The best seeds are flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. Flax seeds are so small they are best ground and sprinkled on cereal. Alternatively, use flax seed oil, for example in salad dressings. While technically providing omega-3 only about 5% of the type of omega-3 (alpha linolenic acid) in these seeds is converted in your body into EPA.


When supplementing omega 3 fish oils you are aiming for about 1,000mg of EPA a day for a mood balancing effect. That means supplementing a concentrated omega-3 Fish Oil capsule providing 500mg, once or twice a day and eating a serving of any of the above fish three times a week.


Avoid or reduce caffeine, sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol

Eat a diet that will stabilize your blood sugar (known as a Low GL diet). This means avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates, eating at regular intervals, including protein with every meal and snack. Avoid strong stimulants such as coffee, tea and energy drinks and drink mild stimulants such as green tea only occasionally. Keep alcohol to a minimum, for example, one unit per day, three to four times per week.


Consider supplementing magnesium

Foods high in magnesium are: whole grains, legumes and especially dark green leafy vegetables. Pumpkin seeds and salmon also have magnesium. It is worth supplementing magnesium, particularly if you have some of the other indications of insufficiency. Try 400mg daily. Magnesium works in conjunction with many other nutrients so an all-round multi-vitamin and mineral formula is a good idea if you are not managing a fantastically healthy diet.

(Taken from Food for the Brain https://www.foodforthebrain.org/nutrition-solutions/bipolar-disorder/action-plan-for-bipolar-disorder.aspx)

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