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The Holistic Bio Spa is pleased to hand over the stage to Jake Ames, MD, HMD, as he explains the benefits of lithium in the brain and body. We are all ears, Jake!

I have prescribed lithium orotate to his patients since 1994. Lithium is an essential mineral for health. Many of us think that lithium is only used for bipolar disorder. It is a first-line treatment for bipolar disorder, but it has many other uses in the brain and body. It is actually a mineral, and it is not a drug.

I prescribe it for almost all of my patients in the form of lithium orotate at a dosage of 5-20 mg at bedtime. If patients feel good at 20 mg a day, I have them stay on that dose. Sometimes I prescribe lithium aspartate in some patients who are not tolerating lithium orotate. I have averaged seeing 80 patients a week since 1994, and almost all of my patients were prescribed lithium orotate. I only had a few patients who could not even tolerate 0.5 mg a day. I tested these few patients for allergies to elemental lithium, lithium carbonate, lithium orotate and lithium aspartate, and they did not test allergic to these using kinesiology testing which I’m 95% accurate compared to standard allergy blood testing.

Hair analysis showed these patients to be extremely low on lithium at less than 1/10,000 parts per million. I have not yet discovered why these patients could not tolerate lithium.

To make a long story short, eventually, these patients could tolerate lithium orotate, because I gave them different homeopathic dilutions of lithium, and “reset” their brain and body to accepting milligram doses of lithium.

For you reading this article, you should be able to tolerate 5 mg of lithium orotate at bedtime, slowly or quickly increasing to 20 mg at bedtime. If you cannot tolerate 5 mg at bedtime, take 1 mg, and increase slowly.

Side effects of lithium in the body

In almost everyone, I don’t see any side effects taking lithium orotate at 5-20 mg at bedtime. Occasionally if one takes lithium during the day, it might make one sleepy.

Lithium carbonate is the lithium that doctors prescribe to bipolar patients. At high doses, this form of lithium can cause some serious side effects, even death. That’s why these patients monitor their lithium levels with blood tests.

Very high doses of lithium carbonate may cause:

  • hypothyroidism
  • confusion
  • tachycardia or a slow heartbeat
  •  heart arrhythmia
  • weight gain
  • increased thirst
  • diarrhea
  • nausea or vomiting
  • tremors
  • blurred vision
  • ringing in the ears
  • coma

There are other minor side effects that you can look up. Now that I’ve scared you, you won’t have any of these side effects taking no more than 20 mg a day of lithium orotate. In fact, you are going to have marvelous short-term and long-term benefits.

Benefits of lithium

Lithium orotate enters cells easier than lithium carbonate. The following are some of the benefits of lithium:

  • neuroprotective and literally grows back new brain cells
  • protects your brain cells from toxins, infections, and strokes
  • boosts your immune system
  • increases longevity
  • protects our brain from Alzheimer’s disease

It is one of my treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, ALS (Lou Gehrig disease), anger and mood disorders and bipolar disorder.

I use it for hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease, gout, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue states, many skin rashes, improving one’s memory, addiction disorders, headaches, and alcoholism.

It helps prevent crime in areas of the world where lithium has a higher concentration in the drinking water.

It is almost a fountain of youth mineral for your brain.”


In addition, lithium is one of my treatments for herpes, besides selenium, lysine, and vitamin C. It decreases insulin resistance, improves mitochondrial function, and supports bone health.

Lithium and melatonin can also help our circadian rhythm, so we achieve better sleep.

I intend on taking lithium as a supplement my entire life. I personally take 20 mg a day of lithium. It is an inexpensive supplement and should be part of your health regimen. You will not have to do thyroid blood tests or have your blood lithium levels checked on this dosage. All of us are under a lot of stress these days, and lithium is a natural way to calm our nerves.

No part of this blog may be reproduced in any form without written permission. The content on this blog was written by Jake Ames, MD, HMD and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment by your primary physician.