Diet may relieve bipolar disorder symptoms, a new study found. The researchers recruited more than 80 people with bipolar disorder in the survey. The participants received diet counseling and ate specific foods for 12 weeks.
The researchers also analyzed the participants’ mood, pain, and other symptoms on smartphones.
A study in the journal Bipolar Disorders shows that individuals with bipolar disorder who consumed omega-6 fatty acids by limiting red meat, eggs, and certain oils and increased their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids by adding flaxseed and fatty fish may experience less variability in their moods.
People with bipolar disorder may experience dramatic shifts in their moods, energy levels, and sleep patterns as well as manic or hypomanic episodes, feelings of sadness, and hopelessness.
Overall research discovered that the experimental diet improved mood variability in people with bipolar disorders. Several studies have shown a relationship between the consumption of seafood rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, bipolar disorder affects nearly 3% of people in the United States.
“While not everyone with bipolar disorder will want to change their diet or be able to change their diet,” Dr. Erika Saunders, an author of the study and professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, said. “I think that it’s really important to have the scientific knowledge about what would be beneficial for those who do want to change their diet and who can.”