I am writing this blog post because I am really excited. I am excited about the fact that I actually found a medication which is natural and that I can take without the fear of unwanted side effects e.g. rashes, fatigue etc.
Lithium is a natural mineral. Originally it was found in the soil and when farmers would farm their crops the mineral would find it’s way into the fruit and vegetables. It is naturally occurring and completely natural.
Over the years lithium has been depleted from the soil and we now find that many people are lithium deficient.
People with Bipolar are particularly deficient in this mineral. From my research, I realized that I too was deficient so I decided to do something about it.
Here are some of the benefits of adding more lithium to the diet:
- Protects brain cells from toxicity
- Promotes brain cell regeneration
- Increases grey matter of the brain
- Regulates brain neurotransmitters
- Supports healthy mood balance
- Improves blood sugar metabolism
In my research, I discovered that Han A Nieper of Hannover Germany had done a lot of research in this area. As a result, he had formulated a natural medication which would help people with a mental health issue, in particular, Bipolar. His product is Lithium Orotate.
He produces Lithium Orotate with Advanced Research in 120mg form, but I also found that there are forms that are 5mg. The difference is mainly the fact that 120mg form is stronger and better for those with more serious mental health issues like bipolar and schizophrenia, and the smaller form is for every day use and for those without serious mental health issues.
So back to me….
When I first started out I didn’t realize there was a 120mg form and I started taking the 5mg form. I was taking about 5 tablets so about 25mg. Big mistake. I also wasn’t taking the lithium with any antipsychotic or anti-depressant, another crucial mistake. Within 2 months I was sick with psychosis and I nearly had to be admitted to the Psychiatric Unit here in Brisbane, Australia. The good news was I was starting to lose weight. This was the main reason why I went on the natural medication, to begin with.
So I ended up becoming well again by taking my normal mood stabilizer, Epilm plus other things. Pretty soon I was in the same situation again. Taking a pharmaceutical with terrible side effects and potentially causing my body long-term on-going damage, plus the dreaded weight gain. I was determined to figure it out.
So I went back to the internet again and found it. I found that the 120mg form of lithium orotate was stronger and better for my condition. The problem is, how many tablets would I take of it? Would I take it with an anti-psychotic and anti-depressant?
The answer to both these questions was a yes. I wasn’t going to risk getting psychosis and getting sick again, so I continued taking my anti-psychotic and anti-depressant. The other question of how many tablets would I take, I would figure out later through trial and error. Through trial and error, I have settled on 8 tablets x 120 mg of Lithium Orotate. Below is a diagram of Lithium Orotate compared with Lithium Carbonate.
Lithium-carbonate contains 18.8% of elemental lithium
Lithium-orotate contains 3.83% of elemental lithium
In other words:
100 mg of lithium-carbonate contains 18.8 mg of elemental lithium the rest is carbonate and
100 mg of lithium-orotate contains 3.83 mg of elemental lithium the rest is orotate.
Lithium orotate should never be confused with lithium carbonate.
Based on research, Lithium carbonate should not be taken if you:
- Require a prescription
- Have Renal disease
- Have Cardiovascular disease
- Are Severely Ill
- Suffer from dehydration
- Take Diuretics
- Take ACE inhibitors
- Take beta-blockers or other anti-hypertension drugs
- Take Insulin
- There are many side effects
Lithium carbonate can be toxic; blood levels must be checked regularly.
So I have summarized the benefits of Lithium Orotate for me here:
- It is natural/non-toxic
- It helps you lose weight (instead of prescription meds – I’ve lost 44 pounds so far)
- No blood tests are necessary
- It doesn’t interact with other drugs
- It has no unwanted side effects
- It stabilizes your mood (very well, I feel very level and better then I have in years!)
- You can take less lithium orotate compared with more lithium carbonate
The only thing is if you suffer from Bipolar you will need to take it with anti-psychotic and (if required an anti-depressant). Not everyone who has Bipolar takes an anti-depressant and some people just take just a mood stabilizer and anti-psychotic. I personally take my anti-depressant for anxiety and also insomnia, you may take an anti-depressant for similar reasons.
Please whatever you do, talk to your PDoc about this. But don’t be surprised if they are very hesitant to take you off your mood stabilizer. Please note when I came off my mood stabilizer I did it in stages where I tapered off and gradually introduced the Lithium Orotate. By all means, do not go cold turkey and stop your mood stabilizer suddenly!
If you have any questions, please post below this post and I will endeavour to get to you as soon as I can.
The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counselling.