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Timeline PhotosPotential Role for Lithium (orotate) in Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease by Linda Fugate, PhD
"Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by the death of brain cells. A research team at Wayne State University School of Medicine recently reported that lithium helps keep brain cells alive, and that it should be investigated as a potential agent in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. (1-3) Lithium is a naturally occurring mineral similar to sodium and potassium. Small amounts are present in most foods.
Large amounts are used in the treatment of manic depression-also called bipolar disorder. The Wayne State team was studying lithium’s effects on manic depression when they discovered that this remarkable mineral can protect brain cells from premature death. In their Oct. 7, 2000 paper, they reported that lithium may even cause brain cells to regenerate after a loss from disease. (1) …
…Another form of lithium — lithium orotate — is a highly bioavailable form of lithium that is available as an over-the-counter dietary supplement. (24) Because of its superior bioavailability, lower doses of lithium orotate than lithium carbonate (or lithium citrate) may be used to achieve therapeutic brain lithium concentrations and relatively stable serum concentrations. (25)
Lithium orotate has also been demonstrated to be of benefit in the treatment of alcoholics, and proved useful in alleviating alcohol-related symptoms of liver dysfunction, seizure disorders, headaches, hyperthyroidism, affective disorders. Meniere’s syndrome, and liver and lung cancers. (25) …"
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