What follows is copy that I wrote in 2005. It regards the “nutrient equivalent” of lithium for me.
I thought that perhaps some persons might find this material of interest or use to them.
Dear (name removed):
Nutrient and/or amino acid response is individual to a great extent. What works for one person may not work (or may work in reverse) for another person in regard to inhibition vs. excitation.
Therefore, both (1) dose up slowly with nutrients and/or free form amino acids while monitoring how you feel, and (2) trust how you feel and make adjustments accordingly. You should have, or must have, developed a solid sense of your early warning signs to do this. Mary Ellen Copeland’s books may be quite helpful here. They can be found on http://www.mentalhealthrecovery.com.
In addition to inhibitory amino acids slowing my brain down and/or helping me with sleep, the nutrient combination of 500 mg. of L-carnitine taken and the morning and three to five capsules of phosphatidyl choline capsules from Solgar had a very PROFOUND effect on slowing my brain down… this nutrient combination lowered the volume of my speech very noticeably, it slowed my speech way down, and it even “made me drive slower that the speed limit” (much slower than I used too, especially if I took enough phoshatidyl choline).
There may be other nutrient cofactors involved in the above.. but I was/am taking so many other nutrients (vitamins, minerals, EFA’s, etc.) that I could not (and still can not) tell which was doing which to know here.
Carnitine and phos chol may not work with everyone to slow their brain down, but it sure worked with me… I consider this nutrient combination my “lithium equivalent”. It is an equivalent that has had no adverse side effects for me whatsoever. I’ve been using this nutrient combination since the fall of 1997 when I first discovered
how well it worked for me.
Carnitine appears to me to be a key nutrient cofactor in regard to the utilization of choline in order to produce or activate the major neurotransmitter called acetylcholine in the human brain.
The book “The Mood Cure” by Julia Ross contains similar information to mine in regard to inhibitory nutrients, with the exception of carnitine/phos chol, which she does not mention to the best of my knowledge.
Good luck in regard to your self administered nutrient trials… and good luck in your process of learning how to help yourself.
All the best,