A little-known dietary mineral has been capturing the attention of researchers lately. In recent studies this nutrient has shown promise for improving brain health, in particular for stabilizing mood and protecting memory. This intriguing nutrient is the mineral lithium.
A new study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry has shown that suicidal behavior decreases among individuals with bipolar disorder during periods of lithium medication. The register-based study included more than 51,000 participants and was conducted at the Karolinksa Institutet in Sweden.
Every four seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. Worldwide, an estimated 35.6 million people already live with a form of this neurodegenerative disorder, and these numbers are on a staggering rise. The World Health Organization has projected that the number of cases of dementia will double by 2030 (65.7 million) and triple by the year 2050 (115.4 million). Already in America the most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, is the sixth leading cause of death: one in three seniors passes with this type of crippling memory loss (World Health Organization, 2015).