The Misunderstood Mineral That Protects Your Memory

The Misunderstood Mineral That Protects Your Memory

With our hectic lifestyles, it’s easy to forget things in all the rush and busyness. Losing your glasses on top of your head, misplacing the car keys again, or even forgetting what you went to the store for could be more than just distraction, and a sign that your memory needs some support. But even the best multivitamin and mineral supplement is often missing a key nutrient that protects your brain and enhances memory – lithium.

Changing Lithium’s Reputation

It’s no accident it isn’t there – since 1949 this mineral salt has been widely used to treat psychiatric disorders and stabilize moods and now carries a stigma. Such high doses of lithium carbonate were used – up to 1800mg daily – that it reached toxic levels in the blood and the FDA felt the need to regulate it as a drug.

The truth is lithium has a rich history as being a health restorative with anti-aging properties. Lithium is naturally occurring in water, and was added to many popular drinks including 7-Up for its reputed health-giving properties. Health resorts were built around natural lithium springs in places like Lithia Springs, Georgia, and attracted US presidents and other dignitaries. These springs were also thought to be sacred to ancient native tribes for their healing powers.

It’s In Your Genes

With the discovery of methylation genes like MTHFR, researchers have brought lithium orotate into the spotlight for its ability to aid absorption of Vitamin B12 and folate by transporting them into the cells. Vitamin B12 deficiency is a known cause of memory loss, and folate is known to improve cognitive function and slow age-related dementia.

Do you know your methylation genes? According to Dr. Amy Yasko, an expert in nutrigenomics, if you have gene mutations (or SNPs) at MTHFR C677T, MTR, SHMT, or CBS, you are at risk for lithium deficiency because these genes cause excessive lithium excretion. She recommends 5-10mg of lithium orotate daily to correct and prevent deficiencies.

A COMT methylation gene mutation is also reason to supplement lithium, to help with proper estrogen metabolism. To put it simply, oxidized estrogen is a carcinogen. Lithium is an antioxidant and when present in sufficient quantities helps our bodies make the healthy estrogen our brain and bones need, while helping detox the harmful estrogens. Studies show that taking a small daily dose of lithium improved memory in post-menopausal women more effectively than estrogen replacement therapy, and doesn’t have the cancer-causing effects.

Protection for Your Brain

Lithium is essential for elimination of excess glutamine, which is an excitotoxin that excites cells in the brain and pancreas to death. And new studies show lithium stimulates growth of grey matter in the brain. This means it prevents cell death and causes new brain cell growth. This exciting news has lead to studies being done on using lithium in the treatment of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, as well as other forms of dementia, and results are promising.

Breaking the Stigma for Better Memory

To be clear, lithium orotate is the form you can buy online and in health food stores, and doses are 5-40mg daily. Lithium carbonate is the prescription-only form used in treating mental illness, in large doses of 600-1800mg daily. Small doses of the orotate and aspartate forms are well-absorbed, non-toxic and effective as a nutritional supplement. Food sources of lithium include spring water, cooked vegetables, blue corn, mustard, pistachio nuts, kelp, fish and seafood. Taking lithium orotate with our Ultra H-3 combines potent antioxidants for a better brain boost!

 

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6183681
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/40423725_Lithium_A_potential_estrogen_signaling_modulator
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15099877
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1525677
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/etd/105/

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Comments (14)

  • Bonnie Meritt August 25, 2017 - 3:12 pm Reply

    I tried to place an order for your product to take with my Ultra H3 that the lady I talked to said this was not something you’re so so I don’t understand the advertisement if I can’t order the product

    • UKadmin September 1, 2017 - 7:43 pm Reply

      Hi Bonnie – We don’t sell Lithium Orotate at UNI KEY but do like to share information that may be helpful to others about a number of vitamins and minerals. Some of these are available through UNI KEY and some are not. You can find it online from a number of different retailers as it is not a specific formula.

  • Diana Fraser August 25, 2017 - 6:43 pm Reply

    Do you sell this supplement? I didn’t see a link. Thanks!

    • Ann Louise Gittleman August 26, 2017 - 9:08 pm Reply

      Uni Key does not sell lithium at this time but it is available online!

      • Kristi August 27, 2017 - 9:17 pm Reply

        Amazing to see this article. We followed Yasko’s program for years and still keep the basics in I learned 12 year later. My oldest son has multiple MThFRs, MTRRs, and COMMTs and once during urine testing through her he had excreted excess amounts of lithium and was low. Go figure 😉 I still have lithium I keep on hand and give it to him when he is having an uptick in mood swings as I found it helps supplement his medications through these troughs in stability. He was eventually diagnosed with a very rare (less than 0.2% of the population worldwide) severe mental health challenge which he bravely handles like a champ.Supplements, dietary mods and meds have allowed him to do much better than average in those suffering with the same diagnosis. I had not realized he was likely to excrete excess lithium regularly with his genetic make up, I somehow missed that when I was studying Dr. Amy Yasko’s protocol. But this is exactly what I see symptom- wise in him, periodically he needs a few days of a heavy sprinkle of Lithium orotate in his supplements and he improves. Thanks for this post uni-key. As a side note I am loving the new Fat Flush program.

    • UKadmin September 1, 2017 - 7:43 pm Reply

      No, we don’t sell this particular mineral at UNI KEY, but it should be available online or at your local vitamin store.

  • Vee August 26, 2017 - 7:18 pm Reply

    So this is safe to take when you have the MTHFR mutations? Also how about with Lyme and Babesia?

    Thanks so much!

  • Carol August 31, 2017 - 4:53 pm Reply

    Is Lithium Oratate recommended for men past 70?

    • UKadmin September 1, 2017 - 9:06 pm Reply

      We don’t see why not! 🙂

  • Becky September 13, 2017 - 3:06 am Reply

    I was interested in this supplement for depression but I read not to take it if you have high blood pressure. Can you comment on this?

    • UKadmin September 13, 2017 - 3:32 pm Reply

      From our understanding it appears to have contraindications when taken with blood pressure medications. We would suggest consulting your health care practitioner in this case.

    • Becky September 13, 2017 - 5:23 pm Reply

      What I read was not to take it with blood pressure meds. I take Lisinopril & a diuretic.

  • Becky September 13, 2017 - 5:24 pm Reply

    Thanks!

  • Kathleen Sullivan October 7, 2017 - 10:06 pm Reply

    I find this article very useful. Need the Ultra H-3 and the lithium orotate.

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