If you suffer from manic depression - now more commonly referred to as bipolar disorder - you've probably have had your fair share of prescription medications. You may even have experienced some side effects from these drugs as well. But were you aware, that in addition to following your doctors' prescriptions for your manic depression. You may, though, also want to help yourself with a nutritional approach to the manic depression. There seems to be a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that may help to stabilize your moods, even if they are affected by manic depression. Those who promote the nutritional approach to treating diseases and illness - even those like manic depression which are mood disorders - give several reasons why this should be so.

The major reason for this is the poor quality of diets that we as a society eat. Today we eat more processed foods than ever before with more food additives than ever before. Not only is that but our consumption of sugar, white flour and alcohol is skyrocketing. Physicians have yet to even touch how this may affect one's symptoms of manic depression.

Not only that but certain people with manic depression may actually need more nutrients than healthy individuals. One of the first that comes to mind in helping to stabilize the symptoms of manic depression is Omega 3 fatty acids. The richest dietary source of these 'good fats' is from cold water fish, especially salmon and mackerel. If you're not much of a seafood lover, you can also buy fish oil supplements.

As a person who suffers from manic depression, you'll need to pay close attention to your blood and your blood sugar balance. Foods abundant in carbohydrates are broken down into glucose. Perhaps it's no coincidence that your brain actually runs on glucose. So the more your blood sugar level peaks and dives, the more uneven your mood becomes. While this is of consequence for all of us, it's even more crucial if you're suffering from manic depression.

You'll notice this roller coaster ride of glucose influx by the following symptoms: fatigue, irritability, dizziness, insomnia, excessive sweating - especially at night - poor concentration and forgetfulness, excessive thirst and even depression and unexplained jags of crying. Several other ways to detect this uneven spill of glucose is through blurred vision and digestive disturbances. Notice that these symptoms are not at all unfamiliar to an individual with manic depression.

Sugar though isn't just found in junk food. As a person who has manic depression, it's important to take this into consideration. It's also in processed foods from white bread to rice to boxed convenience and frozen foods. One of the most effective ways to keep your blood sugar level even - and hopefully find at least some stability to your manic depression -- is to eat what's called a Glycemic Load diet. This means, in part, avoiding refined sugar and refined foods. Instead, you'll want to concentrate on whole foods - especially fruits and vegetables. You'll also want to try - as much as anyone can in this day - to eat regular meals.