Supplements Stem Bipolar Disorder

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A study conducted by the University of Calgary to test the efficacy of a nutritional supplement on bipolar disorder patients has yielded positive results. The nutritional supplement being tested is known as E. M. Power and is being developed by the Synergy Group of Canada Inc.

The findings were presented to the Canadian Psychiatric Association's annual meeting recently in Victoria, BC, by researchers Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD and Dr Steve Simpson. The abstract summary of the findings indicates:

"In most cases, the supplement has entirely replaced psychoactive medications and the patients have remained well. Side effects (like nausea) have been rare, minor and transitory."

The supplement has 36 ingredients, 34 of which are natural dietary vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, D, E, various B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper and potassium. The other two ingredients are antioxidants.

Along with the open trial research on bipolar disorder, the Alberta Science and Research Authority has given the research team a grant for half a million dollars to conduct a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of about 100 people with bipolar disorder. It was launched this July, with results expected in 2002.

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