Lithium reduces Alzheimer’s risk
Lithium is the lightest known metal. It is found quite often in nature − in the form of THAT mineral In, m.in. Water-soluble salts. In psychiatry, it is used to treat mental disorders. It is used primarily in bipolar affective disorder (during mania) and sometimes in ADHD. However, there are many indications that, as with other elements In trace, small amounts, lithium has beneficial effects on the functioning of most people.
Previous studies have shown, among other things, that the presence of lithium in drinking water (from natural sources of disorders), reduces the number of cases of in dementia in a given population. This track was followed a little further by a team of ł Canadian scientists In Brock University, under the direction of Dr. Val Fajardo.
Lithium also helpful in the fight against metabolic diseases
The scientists compiled data on the presence of lithium in pr bks of drinking water from 234 counties in the U.S. state of Texas, with reported deaths from Alzheimer’s disease in those areas and the prevalence of obesity and type II diabetes. The researchers used just this data because it was widely available.
– We discovered that in counties in which the rych water contained a higher than average amount of lithium – so where there was more than 40 micrograms of it per liter, there were fewer deaths from Alzheimer’s disease (as the age of the subjects increased). In the counties in which he content of the element in the water was lower, there were more such deaths – m Dr. Fajardo.
Interestingly, the incidence of obesity and diabetes also declined as lithium levels in drinking water increased.
– We are one of the first research groups to re have shown a potential protective effect of low doses of lithium present in tap ce, in relation to Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and diabetes – m i Dr. Fajardo.
Fluoridation has already been there, now it’s time for.
According to the scientist, however, it is too early to encourage local authorities to add the element to drinking water.
– Much more research is needed for officials to look at the evidence and conclude „Ok, let’s start supplementing lithium in drinking water, as some people do ers in the case of fluoride, which prevents the formation of cavities in teeth” – adds the scientist.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that Polish mineral waters contain quite a lot of this element, including those available in supermarkets. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor before buying and consuming them, as they also contain other micronutrients, which re for some hese ailments can harm us.