Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A Powerful but misunderstood mineral

An incredibly valuable and misunderstood mineral
What if there was a natural substance that can protect the brain, help brain cells develop, improves memory, relieves depression, decreases anxiety, boosts the immune system, and is associated with decreases in crime, suicides and homicides? Would you want to make use of this essential substance? Well this substance exists and has been determined to be safe and necessary for all of us.
The reason you have not heard about this essential element is two fold. One it is a naturally occurring element so there can be no patent for drug companies. Secondly, it has been used at high doses by psychiatrists causing many side effects – thereby giving a this essential element a bad name. The element is Lithium, an element similar to potassium and sodium. Low doses of lithium orotate (5-20 mg of lithium a day) can be used safely and is available over the counter (note higher doses should not be used).
Below is an abstract from:
Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 21, No. 1, 14-21 (2002) Published by the American College of Nutrition
Full text is available at: http://www.jacn.org/cgi/content/full/21/1/14

Lithium: Occurrence, Dietary Intakes, Nutritional Essentiality
Gerhard N. Schrauzer, PhD, CNS, FACN
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego
Address reprint requests to: Gerhard N. Schrauzer, PhD, CNS, FACN, Biological Trace Element Research Institute, 2400 Boswell Rd., Ste. 200, Chula Vista, CA 91914. 92121
Lithium is found in variable amounts in foods; primary food sources are grains and vegetables; in some areas, the drinking water also provides significant amounts of the element. Human dietary lithium intakes depend on location and the type of foods consumed and vary over a wide range. Traces of lithium were detected in human organs and fetal tissues already in the late 19th century, leading to early suggestions as to possible specific functions in the organism. However, it took another century until evidence for the essentiality of lithium became available. In studies conducted from the 1970s to the 1990s, rats and goats maintained on low-lithium rations were shown to exhibit higher mortalities as well as reproductive and behavioral abnormalities. In humans defined lithium deficiency diseases have not been characterized, but low lithium intakes from water supplies were associated with increased rates of suicides, homicides and the arrest rates for drug use and other crimes. Lithium appears to play an especially important role during the early fetal development as evidenced by the high lithium contents of the embryo during the early gestational period. The biochemical mechanisms of action of lithium appear to be multifactorial and are intercorrelated with the functions of several enzymes, hormones and vitamins, as well as with growth and transforming factors. The available experimental evidence now appears to be sufficient to accept lithium as essential; a provisional RDA for a 70 kg adult of 1000 µg/day is suggested.

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Age related decreases in brain size have been well documented. Lithium may be effective in stopping the age related decrease. Eight of 10 individuals who took lithium showed an average 3 percent increase in brain grey matter in just four weeks.Lithium may help to generate entirely new cells too: Another group of researchers recently reported that lithium also enhances nerve cell DNA replication. DNA replication is a first step in the formation of a new cell of any type.
Recently I have seen several individuals see their depression resolve with low dose supplemental lithium. You can read more about lithium at http://naturalwellnesschoices.com/ Additional Recommendations