Lithium is a naturally occurring alkali metal, which living organisms ingest from dietary sources including dairy products, eggs, fish, potatoes and vegetables. Trace levels of lithium are also found in tap water. At high doses (900,000 micrograms (mcg)/day or more for an adult), lithium has been used as a pharmaceutical agent to treat manic depression, conduct disorders, self-abusive behaviors, and aggressive behaviors. It has been suggested that lithium, at low-dosage levels, has a generally beneficial effect on human behavior. This suggestion was based on a report that associated higher incidence of violent crimes with low-lithium drinking water. Lithium’s biochemical mechanisms of action appear to be multifactorial and are intercorrelated with the functions of several enzymes, hormones and vitamins, as well as with growth and transforming factors. In addition, lithium is required to induce a neurotrophic factor in the brain that protects against excitotoxins such as glutamate and has been shown in one study to stimulate the division of brain stem cells. Hair lithium has been shown to be a good indicator of dietary lithium intake and in studying hair mineral levels; Because a major source of dietary lithium can come from municipal water supplies, the increase in drinking purified water may be a cause of deficiency. Some symptoms of lithium deficiency can include ADD, depression, aggression, infertility, mood swings, and reduced growth rate.
|Each Serving Contains||Amount per Serving||% of Daily Value|
|Lithium (as Orotate)||10mg||*|
|* Percent of Daily Value Not Established|
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