Lithium is a trace mineral (alkali metal) much like sodium, potassium.
Most known for its use in treating mental disorders such as bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder.
Researchers now believe lithium to be an essential mineral.
What does Lithium do?
I think the better question may soon be, “What doesn’t lithium do?”
This trace mineral has been used as a mood stabilizer for decades. It is used in the form of lithium salts such as such as prescription lithium carbonate or lithium citrate and non-prescription lithium orotate or lithium aspartate.
Clinical research has found lithium active in the following:
- Protect brain cells of toxicity
- Promotes brain cell regeneration
- Increases gray matter of the brain
- Regulates brain neurotransmitters
- Supports healthy mood balance
- Improves blood sugar metabolism
The continuing research is now finding lithium to be a key element in brain “anti-aging” by increasing brain cell mass, which increases metal alertness and memory.
A study done by The Lancet found, “Lithium exerts neurotrophic or neuroprotective effects“.
So what does that mean?
- Neurotrophic refers to a family of proteins that induce the healthy development, function and survival of neurons.
- Neuroprotective refers to processes within the nervous system that protect neurons degeneration.
With increase levels of neuroprotective effects in brain cells, prevents cell death caused by neurotoxins, free radicals, chemicals that deplete brain cells including alcohol and drugs, radiation, and dangerous stress induced hormones such as cortisol.
There has even been evidence that lithium may enhance the proliferation and specialization of neural stem cells.
This proves to be exciting because of the brain cells that are lost due to the aging process; the action of lithium on these cells seems to replace the lost brain cells.
Research regarding lithium and other disorders and diseases from migraine headaches to Grave’s disease is just the beginning of this little, yet powerful, trace mineral.
Conditions that Lithium May Help
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- ADHD/ ADD
- Bipolar Disorder
- Brain Injury due to vaccines; Methylmercury (thimerosal), toxins
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cluster Headaches
- Depression and Mood Disorders
- Childhood Epilepsy
- Alcoholism and Drug Recovery
- Liver disease; Hepatitis, Cirrhosis
- Herpes Simplex Viruses (HSV 1 & 2)
- Measles Virus
- Adenovirus (Common Cold)
- Epstein – Barr virus (Mononucleosis)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Migraine Headaches
- Grave’s Disease (Hyperthyroidism)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Stroke, Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
Evidence is now showing the result of areas of low lithium in the environment has dramatic affects on the population.
Tracing the amounts of minerals, toxins and chemicals are relatively simple by measuring the contact from hair, blood or urine. By studying the amount of lithium in the systems of people in different populations, a graph of behavior can be measured.
The research has shown that those in areas of low lithium, greater rates of, “neurosis, schizophrenia, psychosis, psychiatric ward admissions, homicide, suicide, burglary, and runaways” have been noted.
These kinds of treads have been also noted regarding other trace minerals found in the environment and the increase of arthritis and osteoporosis such as with the trace mineral boron.
Typical dosages of lithium orotate range from 30 mg – 800 mg per day. The higher dosages are usually broken up into 3 dosages per day and are most often for those with bi-polar or manic disorders, those recovering from alcoholism, as well as other disorders listed in ‘Conditions that Lithium May Help’.
It is best to start with 1 tablet of 120 mg (~5 mg of elemental) 1 – 3 times per day. This is most often sufficient.
However, especially in some bi-polar or manic disorders, an increase to 2 tablets 3 times a day proves more effective. In rare cases, up to a total of 8 tablets broken into 3 times per day is used until stabile. Then a ower dose can be used.
For maintenance, typically 1 tablet twice per day.
For more information, please see ‘Lithium Orotate: Misleading Research’ as well as all lithium articles listed at the bottom of this page. An excellent website for further lithium orotate research can be found at: Lithium Orotate Works!
Strong prescription drugs will always be plentiful in our society so my questions are:
- Why must these toxic drugs be the first choice when safer, effective, inexpensive, natural treatments are proven options?
- Why the research is ignored by conventional medicine…and just how deep does their tainted dogma go?
- Why treat a disorder with enormous dangerous guns (such as cannon) when a little safe water gun can do the job?
Lithium orotate should never be confused with lithium carbonate. Based on research, the following can be said:
The following is the run down on Lithium carbonate:
Should not be taken if you have:
- Requires a prescription
- Renal disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Severely Ill
- Suffer from dehydration
- If you take Diuretics
- If you take ACE inhibitors
- If you take beta-blockers or other anti-hypertension drugs
- If you take Insulin
- There are many side effects
Lithium carbonate can be toxic; blood levels must be checked regularly.
The following is the run down on Lithium orotate:
- Lithium orotate is not a prescription drug
- It is non-toxic
- No blood tests are necessary
- There are no known adverse side effects or drug interactions
Lithium orotate is NOT toxic.
An excerpt from The Importance of Lithium Supplementation by Jonathan V. Wright, M.D.
Using Lithium Safely
Over a decade ago, a woman visited the Tahoma Clinic on the advice of her psychiatrist. She was severely bipolar, requiring a maximum dose of lithium carbonate to keep her symptoms under control. Despite close monitoring of serum lithium levels to maintain a safe range, she was starting to show many signs of lithium toxicity, including hypertension, tremor, nausea, and protein in her urine. She and her psychiatrist had tried other medications, but none provided the control of her bipolar symptoms that lithium did. So she came to the Tahoma Clinic to see if there were any natural options for her.
Fortunately, there was a simple solution. Without changing her lithium dose, the clinic doctor treating her asked the woman to start taking 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil along with 800 IU of vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) three times a day. One month later, the woman’s blood pressure had normalized, her tremors and nausea were gone, and there was no further protein in the urine. And best of all, her bipolar symptoms remained under control. At that point, she was able to cut the flaxseed oil to 1 tablespoon daily along with 400 IU of vitamin E. Several years later, her lithium toxicity hasn’t returned.
To be on the safe side, we always recommend that anyone taking lithium also take a teaspoonful or two of fish oils (or other essential fatty acid such as BIOMEGA-3) along with 400 IU of vitamin E (as mixed tocopherols) each day.
This example involved toxic lithium carbonate, not lithium orotate and yet the toxic symptoms were still reversed and then prevented from returning with a simple few supplements that people should be taking everyday anyway.
Why doesn’t our “research” based medical doctors recommend these supplements when they prescribe lithium carbonate? This is yet another example of the incompetence of conventional medicine.
So much for “First do No Harm”!
- Lithium Orotate: Misleading Research
- Lithium – The Misunderstood Mineral Part 1
- Lithium – The Misunderstood Mineral Part 2
- Potential Role for Lithium in Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
- The Safe, Unique Mineral with Multiple Uses