Seafood, with its rich content of Omega-3 fatty acids, has always been a healthy choice of foods especially if you have bipolar disorder. But now, one physician claims that eating seafood may actually help alleviate the symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Dr. Edward Group, says that seafood containing the 72 trace elements, is a natural stabilizing agent for bipolar disorder. Dr. Group contends that at one time many other types of foods had this many trace elements - sometimes called trace minerals - but the poor condition of the soil has led to a slow deterioration of the nutrients of our food.

Research seems to back Dr. Group's claim. Recent studies show that those who feast on seafood may, indeed, be less likely to develop bipolar disorder. Lifetime prevalence rates were identified and studied in different countries regarding bipolar disorder. Using national statistics, the data were then compared to the differences in the seafood consumption.

Results indicated that the more seafood people ate, the less likely they were to develop bipolar disorder. In fact, the study suggested that the highest rates of bipolar disorder were actually found in countries with a seafood consumption rate of less than 50 pounds per person in a year.

This research corroborates the previous findings that Omega-3 fatty acids help to alleviate the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Many types of seafood contain this healthy oil.

While those with bipolar disorder may not want to switch to a seafood only diet, it might not hurt to eat more seafood as well as add to your dietary supplements an Omega-3 tablet. Under no circumstance though should any individual with bipolar disorder discontinue the use of prescription medication without the express consent of his physician.

Additional research shows that when Omega-3 fatty acids are combined with a substance called uridine, naturally found in meat and other protein rich foods, the results are truly remarkable. That combination helped to prevent a depressive episode of bipolar disorder in laboratory rats every bit as well as antidepressant drugs. And the effectiveness was nearly immediate. And adding the uridine made the Omega-3 fatty acids three times as effective, according to Bill Carlezon, director of behavioral genetics lab at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.

Salmon is perhaps one of the richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Other good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids include: scallops, haibut, shrimp, and snapper.

Bipolar disorder is a mental health conditions in which theindividual is afflicted with nearl polarizing mood swings. Individuals withbipolar disorder experience the highs of the manic episodes as well as the delpths of the depressive phase. While most people are most often diagnosed with bipolar disorder between the ages of 18 to 24, children are increasingly being identified as havingbipolar disorder , as well as some older individuals as well.