What Is Lithium?
Trace mineral lithium has traditionally been used for mood health
support. Our Lithium 1000 mcg uses a much lower dose than what you
would take for those traditional reasons. So why should you take a
lithium supplement? Because this nutrient promotes neuronal health,
already-healthy brain glucose metabolism, and cognitive function—all
absolutely essential elements of a happy, healthy life.
Lithium encourages healthy clearance of proteins that can affect
cognition and memory—as well as the process for clearing cellular
Lithium 1000 mcg Benefits
Promotes brain health and function at the cellular level
Encourages natural processes for clearing proteins from the brain
Supports already-healthy brain glucose levels
May help maintain DNA health and longevity
Lithium and Longevity
Recent studies indicate that lithium may help support longevity.
This is because some evidence indicates a correlation between
long-term high-dose lithium supplementation and healthy telomere
length. Telomeres are the “endcaps” of our DNA strands that protect
our delicate chromosomes—but they get shorter as time goes on. So
the longer you keep your telomeres healthy, the better your chances
of keeping your DNA healthy.
Lithium and Cognitive Health
Lithium helps maintain youthful, healthy cognition and memory by
inhibiting normal, age-related changes in the brain—and can even
help protect brain function in healthy individuals.1-3 Here’s how:
A healthy brain naturally creates certain types of proteins.
These proteins can end up affecting cognition and memory—so
your brain has natural, built-in processes for removing them.4
But this clearing process declines over time as part of normal
aging. When that happens, these proteins can begin to
A Bodyguard for Your Brain
Preclinical studies indicate that lithium helps support the
breakdown of these accumulated brain proteins and promotes the
brain’s normal process for clearing cellular debris from your
Lithium also helps protect your brain’s neurons (this is called
a neuroprotective effect). It does so by inhibiting an
enzyme called glycogen synthase kinase-3, or simply GSK3.7 This
enzyme is involved in many different kinds of cellular
functions—one of which happens to be the way your brain
metabolizes glucose, or blood sugar.8 So lithium may help
maintain already-healthy cerebral glucose metabolism.
Lithium and a Healthy Life Span
While nothing is certain, lithium may be a great addition to
your longevity regimen as well. The reason possibly has to do
with telomeres, an emerging indicator for lifespan and
cellular vitality. Telomeres cap the outside ends of our
chromosomes and protect our DNA from deterioration—think of
them as the little plastic or metal endcaps on a pair of
Every time a cell replicates, those endcaps get shorter—and
eventually, telomeres become too short to do their job. So the
theory is that the longer you can maintain long, healthy
telomeres, the better your chances of a robust lifespan are
going to be.
Why Lithium: Research has observed that some people on
long-term, high-dose lithium regimens have longer-than-expected
telomeres.9 And one study found that lithium levels found in
tap water (much lower doses) were modestly associated with
human mortality and lifespan.10 There’s also some evidence that
lithium may inhibit cellular senescence—a natural part of aging
where cells no longer function optimally—as well as help
promote healthy circadian rhythms.11,12
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