Lithium is one of the most important elements in the human body. It is known as The brain protection mineral. It has a claming, balancing and protective effect on the brain and the entire nervous system. Lithium is a highly reactive, light metal naturally found in very low levels throughout the body. It is available as a dietary supplement and is commonly found in drinking water and in many foods, including grains, vegetables, mustard, kelp, pistachios, dairy, fish and meats. Its main functions include:
Needed to protect the brain against damage from oxidative stress.
It is used in every cell of the body for subtle functions including mental development and enhancement of the brain.
It can increase the strength and quality of tissues on a subtle level
Pre-clinical trials show it has an importance in preventing dementia
It helps increase the activity of stem cells
It is needed to transport vitamin B12 into the cells
It is thought it can increase the amount of mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cells)
It may increase autophagy - the process where cells remove their waste
Lithium is best gained from food sources. The best foods for lithium content are:
Mustard greens of all kinds, particularly organic mustard.
Raw or roasted pistachio nuts
Please do not try to find sources of lithium supplementation as too much can be very toxic and lead to poisoning. Doctors do prescribe a lithium drug for conditions like bipolar disorder but these synthetic drugs are often toxic and should be avoided if at all possible. The natural product derived from food is is far less potent and is better absorbed.
Thrive Clinical Nutrition and Naturopathic Health Eve Morley BA hons. NT. FNTP. AMNNA. Soc Nat
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