There’s a nutrient out there that plays an important role reducing irritability, depression, anxiety, sensitivity to stress and emotional lability. Here’s a hint: is the third element on the periodic table of elements. Do you know?
Yup, that’s right. Lithium.
In 1929 and American from Missouri used lithium as the key ingredient in his sock to drink, initially named, “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon Lime soda.”
He later changed the name to “7-Up Lithiated lemon lime”. The name “7-Up” stuck.
Today, lithium is recommended as a treatment for several emotional and mental disorders, most notably bipolar disorder.
Studies were done on water treated with lithium. Areas with high levels of lithium in water supplies found murder and suicide rates decreased. A study from the University of Oita in Japan found that low lithium levels were associated with increases in rates of suicide and depression.
The current scientific and clinical information on lithium suggests a safe and beneficial “nutritional” amount for most people is in the range of 1-5 mg per day.
The following is a list of foods with lithium and their amounts:
Food /Lithium Content (micrograms per kg )
Soft Cheese 2276
Red Cabbage 3579
White Cabbage 1874
Black Tea 3737
Instant Soups 2513
Wheat Flour 905
Toasted Bread 819
Vanilla Pudding 639
Bread Rolls 317
Red Wine 329
White Wine 305
Have you heard of lithium and it’s effects? What do you think of this? Do you think lithium can reduce depression and make you happy or is there more to it? Leave me a comment!
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