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Lithium is a trace element that is used in pharmacologic doses to treat bipolar disease. While the level of lithium needed by the general population is uncertain, an article published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition suggests the intake of 1 milligram lithium as a daily dose for an adult weighing 70 kilograms.1 According to the author, "The biochemical mechanisms of action of lithium appear to be multifactorial and are intercorrelated with the functions of several enzymes, hormones and vitamins, as well as with growth and transforming factors."1
A short communication published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition cites an association between higher drinking water lithium concentrations and a decrease in the mortality ratio among 1,206,174 residents of Japan. The article also reports that exposure to a relatively low concentration of lithium extends the life span of the roundworm known as C. elegans.2
1. Schrauzer GN. J Am Coll Nutr. 2002 Feb;21(1):14-25.
2. Zarse K et al. Eur J Nutr. 2011 Aug;59(5)387-9.
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Lithium lengthens life span
An article published online on February 7, 2011 in the European Journal of Nutrition reports the discovery of Dr Michael Ristow of the University of Jena in Germany and his colleagues in Japan of an association between increased life expectancy and a greater intake of the element lithium.
Acting the finding of an earlier study which showed that a high concentration of lithium extended the life span of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, the researchers sought to determine whether lower concentrations could impact human lifespan. “The dosage that has been analyzed back then . . . is clearly beyond the physiologically relevant range and may be poisonous for human beings," Dr Ristow noted.
The current study evaluated the effect on mortality of varying amounts of lithium found in the tap water of 18 Japanese municipalities. “We found that the mortality rate was considerably lower in those municipalities with more lithium in the drinking water," Dr Ristow revealed.
The team then exposed roundworms to two comparable concentrations of lithium. While no effect was observed in association with the low concentration, the high dose was associated with a longer life span. "The average longevity of the worms is higher after they have been treated with lithium at this dosage," Dr Ristow observed.
"The scientific community doesn't know much about the physiological function of lithium," Dr Ristow stated. "From previous studies we know already that a higher uptake of lithium through drinking water is associated with an improvement of psychological well-being and with decreased suicide rates.”
The authors conclude that “Given the long-standing psychiatric experience with high-dose lithium supplementation in humans, these findings raise the possibility that readily available low-dose lithium supplementation at non-toxic doses may not only promote mental health and impair suicide risk but also may reduce overall mortality in humans.”