In the case of bipolar disorder, there are a few nutrients that have shown promise in managing the symptoms of bipolar. Vitamin C, for example, can help reduce feelings of mania in bipolar patients. As the researchers explain, bipolar patients often have elevated levels of vanadium in their blood, which is known to case mania, depression and melancholy. In placebo-controlled studies, vitamin C was effective at controlling the effects of elevated vanadium.
Taurine, an amino acid, is another supplement shown to be helpful in managing bipolar. In fact, taurine is an amino-acid derivative of the same lithium drugs that get prescribed by doctors. “Studies have also shown that the amino acid-derivative, taurine, as an alternative to lithium, blocks the effects of excess acetylcholine that contributes to bipolar disorder,” the researchers write.