Low-dose lithium is an essential nutrient (think magnesium, calcium, zinc) that can help protect the brain by blocking cognitive decline and actually boosting brain function. You may associate lithium with the treatment of severe mental illness, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Ever since the 1960s, lithium has been prescribed at potentially toxic, very high doses (500 to 2000 mg per day) to treat symptoms of extreme bipolar and other mental disorders, which may cause serious side effects. But at a low, or micro-dose, lithium can be your brain’s new best friend.
One study that followed over 21,000 depressed patients receiving high-dose lithium therapy, found decreased levels of both Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Researchers wondered if low doses of lithium would work as well to treat Alzheimer’s in patients without depression. Their findings proved that without a doubt, low dose lithium therapy prevented ebbing cognitive function while those who didn’t supplement with lithium continued to decline.
Lithium is a naturally occurring nutrient found in water, vegetables, grains and some animal products such as milk and eggs. But to get the amount needed to heal your brain, reverse cognitive decline, and stave off dementia you need to supplement. I recommend a micro-dose of food grade Lithium Orotate at 20 to 80 mg per day – taken all at once, or in divided doses. You can buy this natural supplement at your health food store or online. A dose of 40 mg is a good starting point and low doses should not cause any side effects or adverse reactions. In fact, even the World Health Organization has included lithium in its list of nutritionally essential trace elements, and I wholeheartedly agree!