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How Does My Diet Affect Bipolar Disorder?

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How Does My Diet Affect Bipolar Disorder?

Some foods and treatments don’t mix

While there is no specific diet for bipolar disorder, the mood condition marked by dramatic highs and lows, there are some foods you should consume with caution.

Caffeine might seem like just the thing to boost a low mood, but it can disrupt sleep. The stimulant can also interfere with some medications, such as benzodiazepines, used to treat anxiety and mania associated with bipolar disorder.

High-fat meals may delay the time it takes for some bipolar medications to be absorbed into your system.

Foods high in tryamine (aged meats, fermented cheese, overly ripe bananas, some wines, soy sauce, tap beer) should be avoided if you take MAO inhibitors to treat bipolar disorder because they can cause severe hypertension.

Natural dietary supplements such as St. John’s wort and SAM-e can interact with antidepressants that treat with bipolar disorder.

Talk to your physician about ways your diet should be modified if you have bipolar disorder.

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