Lithium is a mineral found in the water we drink and the food we eat but many experts believe we may not be getting enough (1). Research has shown that nutritional volumes could have wonderful effects on stress relief, memory, brain longevity, well-being, and mood (1)(2).

Lithium Shows Positive Mood Changes in Former Substance Users.

A study tested 24 people with a former history of substance use. They were divided to receive either nutritional lithium or a placebo and were to perform weekly self-assessed mood questionnaires over 4 weeks.

The lithium group’s mood scores were shown to increase steadily and significantly during the 4-week period. The placebo group showed no consistent positive mood changes (3).

Lithium Inhibits GSK-3 & Plays A Role In The Elaborate Mechanisms Of Brain Cell Function.

Lithium has been shown to boost levels of BDNF which is an important protein that supports brain function and is also believed to support healthy mood (1). Reported effects of nutritional lithium include feeling calmer, experiencing less intense symptoms of poor mood, decreased aggression and not getting as easily upset by stressors (5). Lithium has also been shown to improve the body’s ability to produce serotonin which has the effect of improving mood and reducing anxiety (6).

Lithium In Water Suggests Possible Public Health Benefits.

Lithium’s presence in our drinking water varies depending on region. A 2011 study from Japan even found a lower rate of “all-cause” mortality in regions where people had higher concentrations of lithium in the tap water compared to regions with less (7).

A study using data from 27 Texas counties between 1978 and 1987 found statistically significant lower rates of crime, suicides and arrests related to drug addiction in counties with higher concentrations of lithium in the water (8).

A 2009 study that evaluated 18 municipalities in Japan also found that water lithium levels may play a role in reducing suicide risk (9).

An additional 2011 study from Austria found strong evidence that regions with higher lithium concentrations in drinking water are associated with lower suicide mortality rates (10).

References

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