Letter: Lithium in Our Food

Dunno if you read a post I wrote fairly recently called Vitamin Yay – here’s some interesting follow up. Checkitout, you could get a whole 10g of it per day. *snigger*

NY Times September 23, 2014

To the Editor:

Anna Fels’s article about research on the possible benefits of lithium in the water supply (“Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium?,” Sunday Review, Sept. 14) does not mention that there are higher quantities of lithium in many of the foods that we consume daily.
For example, from milk, eggs, beef, vegetables, some fruits and other foods and beverages, it is possible to ingest as much as 10 milligrams a day with a typical adult diet. The concentration cited for municipal water supplies, up to .17 milligrams a liter, would provide much less lithium.
In any event, a lot more data are needed to determine what might be safe and beneficial nontherapeutic doses, if any, for both adults and children.

ARNOLD J. GORDON
Greenwich, Conn., Sept. 17, 2014

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