- Small amounts are found in a wide variety of foods
- Lubricating grease
- Ceramics and glass
- Used in medication to treat bipolar disorder
- Decreases manic symptoms in manic-depressive patients
- May modulate the conversion of essential fatty acids into prostaglandins
- May stabilize serotonin transmission
- Anti-aggressive action
- Research by Frazier found that those patients who were helped by lithium experienced increased uptake of sodium through their cell membranes.
- According to Sheard, lithium can replace sodium in the cells, and its structure resembles calcium and magnesium. It appears to have the same stabilizing effect on nervous cells as calcium and magnesium.
Deficiency is associated with excessive aggressiveness, manic states and depression.
Disturbed mineral transport and fluid balance, nausea, vomiting, tremors, thirst, excessive urination, thyroid swelling, weight gain, drowsiness, confusion, disorientation, delirium, skin eruptions, possible kidney damage, and even seizures, coma and death.
- Lithium appears to lower sodium levels. This would correlate with the research by A. Frazier.
- The meaning of hair lithium levels is a topic of research.
Aggressive behavior, manic-depression and some cases of depression.