Vitamins and Minerals in Bipolar ("Manic-Depressive") Disorder


MANIC-depressive illness -- Treatment
VITAMIN therapy
MINERALS in human nutrition
FOLIC acid -- Therapeutic use
VITAMIN B12 -- Therapeutic use
VITAMIN C -- Therapeutic use

Abstract:The article focuses on the vitamins and minerals which are used in treating the manic-depressive disorder. Folic acid deficiency appears to affect the mood by impairing the synthesis of tetrahydrobiopterin, a cofactor involved in the pathogenesis of affective disorders. Vitamin B12 deficiency may cause a secondary mania. Vitamin C deficiency is expected to result to a state of subscurvy. It is speculated that low levels of nutrient intake is related to the risk of serious mental illness.

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