March 17, 2014
I've taken this Organic Mineral Grade version of Lithium for years..... It's Lithium Orotate not Asparate, its NON TOXIC like Carbonate & Citrate, it's Natural and I love that it's Organic. Lithium Orotate users have been using small doses of this nonprescription, safe, over-the-counter mineral supplement to treat: stress, ADHD, ADD , depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), alcoholism, aggression, Post Traumatic, Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alzheimer's and other conditions. Many people do not realize that lithium itself is not a drug, but is instead a naturally occurring mineral salt like potassium, and is something which everyone needs for proper mental and physical health.
The kinds of lithium which most people have heard about are the pharmaceutical drug forms of lithium, like lithium carbonate and lithium citrate. These drugs are typically prescribed for treatment of mood disorders like bipolar disorder. Lithium orotate is something very different. It is a special mineral form of lithium which will cross the blood brain barrier. This means that the huge amounts required of the pharmaceutical drug forms of lithium citrate and lithium carbonate in order to effectively treat a condition, are not necessary when using lithium orotate. Instead, only a tiny amount of lithium orotate is needed, as 97% of it gets where it actually needs to go. One of the main reasons people use lithium orotate instead of the pharmaceutical forms of lithium carbonate or lithium citrate is because of their potential for lithium toxicity and because of their numerous side effects. The large quantities of those drugs which must be used in order to be effective are at near toxic levels with a narrow window of safety. The hope is that they will do more good than harm. Lithium orotate, on the other hand, is completely non-toxic, very safe in all respects, has no side effects, and is effective for an estimated 70% to 80% of individuals who try it. Because of the small amounts of lithium in lithium orotate, which still effectively treats many different conditions, it is available as an over-the-counter mineral supplement. In addition, lithium orotate is a mineral which can be helpful for anyone to take. It protects the brain in a number of important ways. It has also been recently discovered that the mineral lithium can actually restore and increase the gray matter in the brain (source of intelligence) which nothing else known to date can do.
How is Lithium Orotate Used?
A standard dose of lithium carbonate (for bipolar disorder) might typically be from 600mg to 1200mg daily. This provides 113mg to 226mg of elemental lithium.
A 120mg tablet of lithium orotate usually has 4.5mg--5mg of elemental lithium. The standard dose of lithium orotate for bipolar disorder would typically be 3 to 5 tabs a day which provide 13.5mg--15mg to 22.5mg--25mg of elemental lithium. Despite this small amount of elemental lithium in comparison to the large amounts in the pharmaceutical forms of lithium, dramatic results are still achieved. Doses of lithium orotate usually range from 2 (1 tab twice a day) to 6 (2 tabs three times a day), with 3 to 5 tabs a day being the norm. A psychiatrist who has been treating the conditions mentioned above with lithium orotate for the last ten years, says he uses from 2 to 8 tabs a day for patients, with 3 to 4 day being the most common.To receive the benefits of anti-aging for the brain, neuroprotection from toxins etc., 1 tab daily is suggested.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In Addition a Daily Supplement of 300-400 mcg folic acid is recommended as it enhances the brain's ability to utilize the protective properties of lithium orotate.
***At this time... it is NOT recommended that PREGNANT AND NURSING WOMEN TAKE ANY FORM OF LITHIUM!!!!! Also, NO form of Lithium should be used by individuals with Significant Renal or Cardiovascular Diseases, Severe Debilitation or Dehydration, or Sodium Depletion, and by Aesic Drugs or Insulin***
Pros:So many Pros. **Read Comments above - Pulled from an article posted in 2013 Medical Journal**
Cons:At this time... it is NOT recommended that PREGNANT AND NURSING WOMEN TAKE ANY FORM OF LITHIUM!!!!! Also, NO form of Lithium should be used by individuals with Significant Renal or Cardiovascular Diseases, Severe Debilitation or Dehydration, or Sodium Depletion, and by ANY individuals who are taking Diuretics or ACE Inhibitors. ***Be sure to consult your doctor before use if you are taking Anti-Hypertensive Drugs, Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, Analgesic Drugs or Insulin***