by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© December 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Lithium is one of the most important elements in the human body. Its main functions include:
1. It is needed to protect the brain against damage from oxidative stress. For example, studies have shown some benefit with natural lithium supplements for people with Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, and those taking psycho-active medications.
2. It can help produce an increase in the strength and quality of the tissues that is quite subtle, but important in some cases.
3. Lithium is also used in every cell of the body for subtle functions, some of which have to do with mental development or enhancement of the brain.
4. Some patients have reported pain relief when they took lithium orotate or lithium aspartate. I do not know the mechanism for this.
SOURCES OF LITHIUM
The best sources are foods.
1. Mustards of all kinds, particularly organic mustard.
3. Sardines, and other fish and sea products are good sources, but we only recommend sardines due to mercury contamination of all products from the sea.
4. Blue corn, but only the blue corn, not other varieties of corn to the same degree.
5. Raw or roasted pistachio nuts are also a good source of lithium, but only a few every few days. Do not overdo on this food, as it is quite yin.
6. Cooked vegetables. In fact, this is one reason I recommend that 70-80% of the diet be composed of cooked vegetables. The only cooked or raw vegetables to avoid are: 1) the nightshade family of vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and all peppers). A little cayenne pepper is okay, but the nightshade vegetables are irritating and contain a poison called solanin. They are also much too yin. 2) mushrooms, summer squashes, okra and cucumbers. These are also too yin. Read Yin Disease if you wish more information about yin foods and their many problems.
7. Other. Noni juice, for example, has some lithium. However, I do not advise consuming this, as it is very yin, as are all fruits.
8. Lithium supplements. Some people ask if they can take a lithium supplement, usually for depression. The answer is NO. Lithium supplements are all somewhat toxic and are “amigos”, which means they are irritants and toxic.
To obtain more lithium, eat sardines 4 times per week, along with the other foods listed above.
DRUG SOURCES OF LITHIUM
Prescription lithium (often lithium carbonate). If possible, avoid prescription lithium used for bipolar disorder. It is also toxic, builds up in the liver, and can shortens one’s lifespan.
Lithium in spring or drinking water. Some drinking or spring water contains lithium. Please avoid these products, as the lithium is somewhat toxic.
Lithium used as a poison. It is possible to poison a person with lithium. It is almost odorless and tasteless in some forms, and does not cause immediate symptoms. However, used for a while it builds up in the brain where it can cause many problems.
“SPIRITUAL” ASPECTS OF LITHIUM
Lithium is one of the so-called spiritual minerals, along with zinc and selenium. I call it this because it appears needed for brain development. It is therefore very important for mental as well as health at this time. Please do not ignore your diet so that you will get enough lithium easily in your food. In addition, we give everyone a kelp supplement of about 1900 to 4000 mg daily.