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Vitamin C is more than an immune booster.
To avoid Covid – 19 we are encouraged to boost our immune systems. The simplest immune booster is vitamin C. For those of us with bipolar Vitamin C has other surprising benefits. Studies are showing that Vitamin C has many benefits in brain function and in mood stabilization.
Studies indicate that Vitamin C does the following:
- Improves cognitive function.
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces Mania
- Strengthens Neurons and Neuron connectors
- Reduces depression
- It helps protect against toxins.
- It helps the body reduce its load of vanadium, a mineral that adversely influences bipolar disorder.
Other information studies have indicated.
In a Brazilian study, it was found that Vitamin C may be as effective as Fluoxetine (Prozac) in combating depression.
In New Zealand studies it was proven that most people in the western world are Vitamin C deficient (North Americans especially so).
Sources of Vitamin C:
- Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines
- Dark leafy greens (kale, mustard greens, spinach, beet greens, turnip greens, Swiss chard, rainbow chard, collard greens, watercress, dandelion greens, purslane)
- Broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts
- Red cabbage
With the new information on the link between inflammation and bipolar disorder these foods of the nightshade family are proven to be inflammatory but are good sources of Vitamin C for people who are not concerned with inflammation.
- Bell peppers (yellow bell peppers provide the most vitamin C and green bell peppers provide the least)
- Tomatoes and tomato juice
- Red and green hot chili pepper
Vitamin C is destroyed by heat and air. Food should be eaten raw or cooked lightly and consumed quickly after cutting or juicing.
Recommended Dosages of Vitamin C.
Humans cannot make Vitamin C; we need to get these dosages from our diet. Smokers need higher dosages of Vitamin C.
Males & Females: 1-3 years 15 mg
Males & Females: 4-8 years 25 mg
Males & Females: 9-13 years 45 mg
Males: 14-18 years 75 mg
Females: 14-18 years 65 mg
Males:19+ years 90 mg
Females: 19+ years 75 mg
For bipolar disorder sufferers, a minimum dosage of 1000 mg daily is recommended and should not exceed 2,000 mg daily. Studies have shown that taking over 2,000 mg daily can cause nausea and diarrhea. These high dosages are unlikely to be obtained through food alone and Vitamin C supplements may be required.
As with any change to your bipolar management strategy you should discuss adding vitamin C in consultation with your professional support team.
As we conclude this week’s blog post always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our battle is with our illness not with other people, places, situations, or other external things. Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our emotions, minds, and lives.
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work hard on yourself and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
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