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Low Lithium Levels

Discussion in 'Alternative Therapies' started by arx, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. arx

    arx Senior Member

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    Hi,

    My HTMA shows a lithium level of 0.001 and the reference range max is 0.006. Trace elements(the lab)did not comment on it but I have read that low lithium levels can cause fatigue and mental symptoms. Any suggestions?
  2. caledonia

    caledonia

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    You can take supplemental lithium. This is different and a much lower level than the lithium used as a medicine for bipolar depression. Lithium is involved in B12 utilization. Lack of B12 can cause both fatigue and mental symptoms.
  3. arx

    arx Senior Member

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    My B12 levels are now fine, around 1200. Would lithium still help? And what dosage of lithium orotate do you say is good?
  4. helen1

    helen1 Senior Member

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    Serum B12 levels don't indicate what gets to your cells. You can have high serum levels and low cellular levels. Urine methylmalonic acid (MMA) levels are a pretty good indicator of cellular use of B12. they're not very stable though so you'd have to have several to get a good indication. MMA is included in any organic acids test.

    Lithium orotate helps with B12 transport and most forum members who take it take 5-10 mg (compared to bipolar folks at 300 I think and in a different form as calendonia mentioned).

    Lithium does interfere with iodine metabolism though so your thyroid would have to be in good shape or take lithium at a different time of day than iodine and/or thyroid meds.
  5. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    What is your cobalt level on your HTMA? B12 (cobalamin) is the body’s primary source of cobalt. While my lithium is now off-the-chart high, my cobalt is still below the calibration limit (undetectable) and I have been taking methylB12.
  6. arx

    arx Senior Member

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    Cobalt is 0.001, reference range is from 0.001 to 0.003. You think cobalt is important?
  7. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    I think cobalt is important as an indication of B12 metabolism. My dietician has not been concerned about the low cobalt. That may be because she was concerned about my undetectable potassium. That finally came up in my most recent test, but I have not had a chance to discuss the recent results with her yet.
  8. roxie60

    roxie60 Senior Member

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    Had my serum lithium tested on 8/10/13 and it was <0.2 (range 0.6-1.2 mmols/L).

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