Lithium – The Untold Story
When the universe was formed it is believed that only three elements were present: hydrogen, helium, and lithium. Not only is lithium found throughout our atmosphere it is also found in every organ and tissue in the human body, with particular importance in brain health. Lithium is also misunderstood. It is perceived as a dangerous drug used to treat severe mental illness with severe side effects. In a recent NY Times story the author, Jamie Lowe, talked about her dramatic response to lithium, the drug that alleviated her mania and allowed her to live a normal, happy life. But she also shared how lithium damaged her kidney that forced her to stop lithium and placed her on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.
Lithium carbonate is the drug form. The natural mineral form is lithium orotate or aspartate and is considered by some experts to be the most effective medication in psychiatry. Concerns about side effects and toxicity are non-existent when used as a nutritional, low-dose supplement. It is safe for a 4-year-old or an 80-year-old. Nutritional lithium may help bipolar disorder, anger and irritability, bullying, ADHD, depression, and gout. Recent research suggests that lithium may provide significant benefits in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s, senile dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.
Patients on lithium have been found to have significantly higher gray matter volumes in the brain. It may also protect brain cells against strokes and side effects of prescription drugs.
The good news is it does not take much lithium to provide positive results. The typical potency lithium is sold in is 5mg or 10mg. The most common dose is 10mg per day. Taking lithium with an essential fatty acid or Vitamin E may enhance its effects. Ask a Natural Living associate for more info. We currently offer a sale price of $8.99 for 100 caps of lithium aspartate while supplies last. The regular price of $13.99.
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