Here's a bit more updated info I found. It's a page trying to sell a product so I'm just gonna excerpt what seems interesting and could be tracked down.
The miracle mineral that keeps your brain from shrinking as you age: Prestigious medical journal Lancet reports this breakthrough “triggers a significant increase in brain volume and protection of billions of healthy new brain cells.”
“Protects brain neurons from damage”—National Institute of Mental Health
“Helps generate entirely new cells in your brain”—Neuroscience
“Decreases abnormal activity in the brain”—MedlinePLus
Is hailed as “an anti-aging nutrient for your brain”—Dr. Jonathan Wright
“Turns on genes considered neuroprotective”—PsychEducation.org
“Helps preserve cognitive function”—Psychiatric Times
“Is considered a treatment for mood disorders”—Journal of Psychiatry
1. Lithium untangles your brain and clears away memory-robbing plaque
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine report that lithium blocks the development of beta-amyloid tangles and plaque found in brains of people who have succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease.
In fact, the Annals of Neurology reports that in autopsies of people with Alzheimer’s, nine out of ten brains examined were damaged by these twisted tangles and hard, insoluble plaque.1
Left unchecked, tangles and plaque in your brain contribute to the damage and death of brain neurons – your precious brain cells.
The good news is, research conducted by developmental biologist Peter Klein of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine reveals that lithium prevents (A) damage caused by beta-amyloid plaque and (B) further damage to healthy brain cells.
He also found that lithium works to stop the progression of bird nest-like tangles that can choke your brain’s circulation and function.
Startling new research reveals that low doses of lithium—available without a prescription—should be taken by most everyone who wants to grow new “gray matter”…restore and rejuvenate brain cells …boost memory… “de-age” the brain…and stay mentally sharp for years to come.
No wonder the New York Times recently published an article titled, “Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium?” In it, they report that “relatively tiny doses of lithium can have beneficial effects”…including promoting brain health and improving mood.
The truth is, one of the most powerful solutions for age-related memory loss and cognitive decline has been right under the noses of the brain “experts” since the 1970s, but they didn’t know.
Why? Because -- while it was known that lithium treats serious mental illness -- no one knew that in small doses it could also help boost and protect a healthy person’s brain and fading memory—which are completely different problems.
2. Lithium safeguards your brain cells from damage and destruction
Dr. De-Ma Chuang, a biologist at the National Institute of Mental Health, reports that “lithium protects brain neurons [cells] from damage.”
This was first proven in test tube studies he conducted. In laboratory study, nerve cells were treated with glutamate (a brain chemical)—and all of the cells were destroyed.
That’s because – while glutamate is healthy in small doses because it stimulates brain neurons – in large amounts it can cause damage to brain cells.
It’s a medical fact: When you suffer a stroke or other serious brain trauma, high levels of glutamate are released. The sudden surge of this natural body chemical increases the death rate of brain cells.
When lithium was added to the cell culture before glutamate, all the cells were almost completely protected from glutamate’s damaging effects.
According to Dr. De-Maw Chuang, “None of the other things tested provided the benefits compared to lithium.”
He also gave lithium to rats for a few weeks, then triggered strokes in them by artificially blocking the arteries that feed blood to their brains.
The results? Impressive! Rats taking lithium experienced 56 percent LESS brain cell death and significantly fewer neurologic deficits than the control group that did not receive lithium.
3. Lithium increases “gray matter” and reverses brain shrinkage
Did you know, as you age, your brain shrinks as much as 15 percent? Natural cell mechanisms wear out…grooves in the brain widen…and damaged brain cells become a tangled thicket.
Eventually, this loss of brain cells and their billions of connections leads to atrophy of the brain – in other words the brain shrinks and shrivels up. Areas especially vulnerable to shrinkage are the two parts of your brain responsible for your memory and cognition, as well as your personality. ...
The prestigious medical journal Lancet reports that “Lithium increases human brain gray matter.” As you may know, gray matter is the matter found in the outer layer of your brain known as the cortex.
Neuroscience adds, “Lithium may help generate entirely new cells in your brain.”
And Dr. Jonathan Wright reports, “Lithium enhances nerve cell DNA replication, the first step in formation of new cells.”
Further proof? Researchers treated mice with lithium in dosages equivalent to human therapeutic range. Then they performed autopsies and examined their brains.
The scientists found a 25% increase in the number of dividing cells in the brain’s hippocampus—a clear indication of the growth of new brain neurons.
Researchers at Wayne State University studied ten patients (average age 33) who suffered from bi-polar disorder, a serious mental condition.
For four weeks, they gave the patients a daily therapeutic dosage of lithium. Then, they did MRIs on the patients’ brains and compared them to scans done at the beginning of the study.
The results? In eight out of ten subjects, lithium significantly increased total volume of gray matter in their brains.3
Dr. Jonathan Wright puts it this way: “It appears lithium can protect against normal brain shrinkage that would otherwise occur over the course of our lives.”
By promoting brain cell regeneration and increasing brain size, lithium can function as an anti-aging nutrient for your brain—all to help your thinking ability become clearer, sharper and “young again.”
4. Lithium shields you from toxic heavy metals that cause brain disorders
Too much exposure to heavy metals like mercury, aluminum, lead and cadmium can have toxic effects on your brain and erode away brain mass, both of which can start your memory and concentration on a downward spiral.
Worse, heavy metals can trigger depression and anxiety by disrupting your brain’s chemistry.
And to add insult to injury, heavy metal toxicity can lead to major brain disruptions.
For example, the National Institutes of Health report that 32 out of 40 studies testing the memory of individuals exposed to mercury found significant memory deficits due to the heavy metal.4
And Science Daily recently reported the first case study linking aluminum toxicity with brain failure.
The good news? According to the Global Healing Center, lithium provides robust protection from heavy metal toxicity. Lithium has been shown to protect cells from mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic and cadmium toxicity. Animal studies indicate lithium has a protective effect against toxic metals.
What’s more, Neuroscience Abstracts reports that lithium sweeps toxic metals like aluminum OUT of your body to keep your body and your brain safe from their devastating effects.
Etc etc... sales pitch for their brand and all that.
Here are the few references that might be looked up to find additional information:
1 - Ann Neurol 1988 Jul;224(1):50-6 PMID 3415200
2 - Chen, G. Enhancement of hippocampi neurogenesis by lithium, J Neurology 2000 Oct
3 - Moore G.L. et al, Lancet 2000
4 - Mutter, J. et al J Alzheimer’s Dis 2010, PMID 20847438
5 - Biological Trace Elements Research, 1990