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Natural sources of lithium

05/14/2004

Question:

I`ve heard of beneficial effects of lithium. I have also heard that lemons and limes are good sources of natural lithium. Is this true? Are there other dietary (vegetables, fruits, etc.) sources of lithium?

Answer:

Thanks for your question.   Lithium is a metal that is used in medications such as lithium sulphate to treat depression and manic disorders.  From what I could find about lithium, citrus fruits were not listed as sources, but potatoes, dairy products, vegetables, sugar cane and eggs were.

As for `beneficial effects of lithium`, food sources should not be considered a substitute for a prescription of lithium.  For more information, contact your health care provider or a pharmacist.

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Response by:

Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, MEd, RD, LD Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, MEd, RD, LD
Adjunct Faculty
University of Cincinnati