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6. Valerian Root
Valerian root has long been known for its powerful sedative compounds, which help to calm the nervous system. It is often used as an alternative medication for those suffering from insomnia, feelings of anxiety, and mood disorders. Valerian encourages feelings of calmness, reduces nervous tension, stress, restlessness, feelings of anxiety, and regulates mild to moderate mood swings. You can consume this popular herb through a supplement, tea, or herbal extract. Take as directed.
Panax ginseng has an energizing effect which can help those in the depressive state of bipolar disorder, especially when accompanied by feelings of extreme lethargy or fatigue.
This herb works as a nervine tonic that can help to improve the symptoms of bipolar disorder. The University of Pittsburgh found in a 2013 study that an active ingredient in ashwagandha was able to improve 3 separate cognitive functions for those suffering from this disease. It helps with auditory-verbal working memory, social cognition, and reaction time. Standard dosing is 500 mg of Ashwagandha root and leaves. This should be taken daily for several weeks.
9. Grapeseed Oil and Pycnogenol
Pycnogenol is a supplement that is derived from marine pine trees. Both grapeseed oil and pycnogenol are super powerful antioxidants which are important for those with bipolar disorder. Be sure that you speak to your doctor about the dose that might work for you.
Sometimes called bacopa, this herb is also helpful for those with bipolar disorder because it works as both a mild stimulant as well as a mild sedative at the same time, which will help to stabilize moods. Brahmi also relieves mental strain and improves the memory. You can take this herb in a supplement form, or drink a few teaspoons of the juice that has been extracted from brahmi leaves daily.
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