Lithium is one of the many nutritional trace elements found especially in vegetables and drinking water. It is found in the group of chemicals known as the Alkali metals, many of which are important for humans.
|Periodic table showing the position of lithium. (Credit: FHWA)|
In an earlier study from the US, it was shown that high concentrations of lithium were life prolonging in a specific species of roundworm, C. elegans. The concentrations used then are however not suitable for humans.
In earlier studies it has already been shown that low doses of lithium are associated with an improvement of psychological well-being and with decreased suicide rates.
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