Depression and Lithium

Natural Sources of Lithium for Depression 

Please note that I do not carry Lithium supplements. We use natural foods and homeopathic remedies for their lithium content.

Lithium is a trace mineral found in the earth’s crust (and I bet you thought it came in a little pill the doctor gives people!) The medical field refines this crust to produce lithium arginate. It is most often known for its use in manic-depressant syndromes, but did you know that it is also used for treating ADD, epilepsy, alcoholism, drug withdrawal, kidney stones and migraine headaches? Some research shows that it may also be effective in treating malignant lymphatic growths, arteriosclerosis and chronic hepatitis. 

Why is it that some people crave lemons while others don’t like the flavor?  One answer is that lemons are high in natural lithium.  Lithium is very grounding for the nervous system and the brain neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine. Other natural sources include mineral hot springs, mineral water, whole grains and seeds

Lithium was discovered in mineral water in 1817 by August Arfvedson in Sweden. Its use in mental illness dates back to 400 A.D.  When water in a town is low in lithium, the crime rate and drug abuse go up.  A study done by Dr. Gerhard Schrauzer, a chemistry professor at the University of California, San Diego recommended that adding lithium to the drinking water may curb the crime rate and suicide in some Texas counties. 

Lithium deficiencies are aggravated by high sugar consumption. No wonder we have so many children with ADD, ADHD, and anger problems in our schools these days.  One hundred years ago our average consumption of sugar was about ½ pound/person/year. The latest statistics show that we now ingest about ½ pound per day! Ugh. We really need to supplement with minerals if we are to get enough of them this day and age. 

Lithium is a good example of how we research and study and still don’t know where all the trace minerals fit into our lives. They are important. They need to be in the proper amounts and in proper proportion to the other minerals of the body. Over the years, one great, safe and balanced colloidal mineral supplement I have found that helps most of my clients is New Vision Essential minerals. Yes, there are other minerals on the market, but after years of extensive kinesiological testing and comparing this colloidal/ionic mineral to about 12 others on the market, this one seems to float to the top. I have seen other colloidal mineral products cause damage to people (if a little is good a lot must be better, right?) One in particular was causing vision problems because it was extracted from a shale that had a bit of lead and some other heavy metals in it. The source of the minerals used in making colloidal minerals needs to be balanced and safe. 

American Biologics also makes a natural lithium over-the-counter supplement sold in some health food stores and through alternative healthcare practitioners. (Please note that I do NOT carry this supplement.) 

Two great references for your library: 

  • Rare Earths Forbidden Cures by Dr. Joel D. Wallach and Dr. Ma Lan.
  • Healthy Living—A guide to self-Healing for Everyone by Dr. Linda Rector Page