Lithium is important for our body as it plays a role in fertility and cellular uptake of glucose. Lithium helps to prevent atherosclerosis in people who respond to sodium restriction. It can displace sodium because of its similar chemical composition.
Daily requirement of lithium
The daily requirement for an adult is 2 – 3 mg.
Source of lithium
Lithium can be found in beef liver, eggplant, grains, leafy green vegetables, legumes, peppers, potatoes, seafood and tomatoes.
Pregnant or lactating women should not take lithium.
Heart or kidney disease can induce lithium toxicity which can cause dehydration and sodium depletion.
Lithium is used in manic depression treatment.
Interactions of lithium with others
There is some evidence that accumulation of vanadium is associated with bipolar disorder. Vanadium appears in higher levels in the hair who are diagnosed with manic depression. It is thought that lithium may work by counteracting the effects of vanadium.