Bipolar Disorder

Basic First Steps

The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician or other qualified healthcare professional.


1. Eat a healthy diet

  • ensure sufficient protein, fats, and cholesterol
  • eat a variety of colourful vegetables and fruit
  • avoid sugar and starches (low glycemic load)

Diets to consider:

2. Supplement basic nutrients for support for bipolar disorder:

Reason:  broad spectrum nutrient support
Typical dosing: 1–2x day


B-complex (supports brain function, blood sugar control)
Reason: full spectrum of B-vitamins
Typical dosing: B50 2–4/day

Vitamin C
Reason: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, supports neurotransmitter production
Typical dosing: 1000–6000 mg/day

Vitamin D
Reason: regulates serotonin production, protects against neuronal oxidative stress
Typical dosing: 1000–5000 IU

Reason: calms neurotransmission, anti-stress, serotonin and dopamine production
Typical dosing: 300–600 mg/day

Fish oil
Reason: anti-inflammatory, brain supportive
Typical dosing: 1000–4000 mg (of fish oil)

Reason: antioxidant support, helps regulate addictions
Typical dosing: 500–2000 mg/day

3. Decrease caffeine or other stimulants (gradually)


1. Continue with basic nutrients for support with bipolar disorder

2. Include additional nutrients shown important with bipolar disorder

Chromium (if craving carbohydrates)
Reason: regulates blood-sugar levels
Typical dosing: 200–400 mcg/day

Reason: antioxidant support, neurotransmitter regulation
Typical dosing: 50 mg/day

Reason: addresses serotonin deficiencies
Typical dosing: 500–2000 mg/day,

Reason: neurotransmitter and brain-cell membrane synthesis, anti-mania effects
Typical dosing: 250–500 mg/day

Hardy-Stephan regimen (in selected cases)

3. Reduce sources of stress if possible

4. Ensure good sleep