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Friday, March 18, 2011

Fishing For Bipolar Cures With Fish Oil

Bipolar Affective Disorder is listed as one of the most common mental illnesses. It is characterized by mild to severe mood swings alternating between periods of high energy and depression.

Irrational, angry and dangerous behavior can also accompany either end of the swing.There is a 25%-50% chance that a person suffering from bipolar will either attempt or commit suicide.

In many cases, patients are prescribed an antipsychotic, anticonvulsant medications, mood stabilizers (calcium channel blockers) or most commonly, Lithium. Examples of some of these medications are: Tegretol, Depakote and Lamictal.

These medications are designed to relieve symptoms, not present a cure. There is no known cure for bipolar. There are also some very ironic side effects to some of these medications. For instance, these medications can cause mental confusion, depression and anxiety. So what's the point? On a positive note, amazing breakthroughs have taken place in the treatment of bipolar with regard to fish oil.

In 1999, a Harvard pilot study was conducted with the use of fish oil as a treatment for bipolar. The study was supposed to last for nine months, but stopped after four due to the dramatic results that the fish oil had on the 15 patients who received it. Their bipolar symptoms actually stayed in remission for a considerable period of time. Studies were done again in 2001 and 2003 with similar results.

In May 2004, at the annual meeting for the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Jerry Cott made some astonishing comments on the use of fish oil to treat bipolar. He said that fish oil contains omega-3, a fatty acid that works a lot like a calcium channel blocker in it's mood stabilizing effect. Dr Cott recommends that fish oil should be taken with vitamins C and E. To get your daily omega-3 needs, it seems to be better to take fish oil capsules than to eat salmon or tuna.

Even one can of tuna a week can contain far too many toxic metals. If you do eat fish, it should be cold water and not farm raised. The reason for this, is that omega-3 rises up the food chain through algae and that does not occur in farm raised fish. Fish oil capsules should be of 90% concentration and contain no heavy metal concentrations. So, although there is no known cure for bipolar, there does seem to be a very effective treatment.

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