Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Stuck in my own Mind
I have been taking it for about 4 days now(about 20mg elemental lithium) a day, and have 100% felt some positive benefits from it. I take 2 with breakfast and 2 pills again with lunch. Remember that the pills are each labeled "120mg's" but further research shows while that is true, that each pill actually contains 4.9mg's of active elemental lithium, thus baically 5mg's of lithium per pill. This is a relatively low dose when you compare it to other things, but it is so highly absorbed(can be close to 99%) and crosses the BBB so well it shouldn't be compared to the lithium carbonate or other prescription forms..........anyway.........
I' noticed on the second day(even the first) that I was much, much more calm overall, but not in a negative way. I was still able to focus and have energy, but some of that "gloomy" feeling along with my general anxiety was minute compared to what I usually feel on a constant basis. I'm taking deeper breathes and actually just more content, which has effected my thinking/patterns in a positive way as well. I can say for a fact the the elemental lithium in this medicine is of good quality, as I am feeling better overall in my mood, depression, and anxiety.
I've been taking it with Folic Acid as well, as this helps with the absorption of the lithium; also staying hydrated and a diet that isn't low in salts help with the lithium in your body and can prevent side effects as well. I did notice that my skin was a little dry(especially in my hands/palms) which is a well known side effect of lithium. I've been drinking more water the past 2 days and this side effect isn't as bad now, but my hands are still slightly peeling(but it's just the outer layer of skin, nothing painful).
Overall I give it an A- as a supplement/mineral. It's had so many positive benefits for my mind/mood already that I don't care my hands/skin is slightly dry. My 19/20mg a day of elemental lithium seems like a good dose, but I've talked with a few others that take anywhere from 20mg of it to about 40mg of this stuff daily.