Reclaim Your Brain to Make Senior Moments a Distant Memory

April 21, 2021
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

Who doesn’t want to turn forgetful “senior moments” into meaningful moments and actually heal the brain?

Failing memory and cognitive decline don’t have to be inevitable or “normal” signs of aging, and you shouldn’t have to just tolerate them at all. In fact, memory loss at any age should be taken seriously and investigated to find the root cause.

We associate loss of memory with aging, but it’s actually a matter of brain health versus chronological age. Rapid brain aging reveals itself through many telltale signs. You may have trouble finding the words you need when trying to communicate your thoughts. Or maybe new fears and anxieties keep you from enjoying restorative, deep sleep. You may struggle to recall special memories clearly or find yourself feeling confused and worry that you’re not as sharp as you used to be.

There are many reasons that memory loss can occur. It can be enormously helpful to take a step back and look at the many reasons why your memory is deteriorating in the first place.

Get Radical to Reclaim Your Brain

In Chapter 11 of my new book, Radical Longevity, I take a deep dive into the many possible reasons for memory loss and teach you how to turn back the clock with the basics of building a better brain. You’ll discover what kind of testing to look for and practical, targeted solutions to restore your brain to optimal health, such as which medications affect memory, how to stop AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products) that are causing rapid aging and what dietary and lifestyle changes can help reverse memory loss. But, today I’d like to introduce you to a simple solution that can help to prevent and even reverse the debilitating effects of cognitive decline and dementia – low dose lithium.

Look to Lithium

Low-dose lithium is an essential nutrient (think magnesium, calcium, zinc) that can help protect the brain by blocking cognitive decline and actually boosting brain function. You may associate lithium with the treatment of severe mental illness, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Ever since the 1960s, lithium has been prescribed at potentially toxic, very high doses (500 to 2000 mg per day) to treat symptoms of extreme bipolar and other mental disorders, which may cause serious side effects. But at a low, or micro-dose, lithium can be your brain’s new best friend.

One study that followed over 21,000 depressed patients receiving high-dose lithium therapy, found decreased levels of both Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Researchers wondered if low doses of lithium would work as well to treat Alzheimer’s in patients without depression. Their findings proved that without a doubt, low dose lithium therapy prevented ebbing cognitive function while those who didn’t supplement with lithium continued to decline.

Lithium is a naturally occurring nutrient found in water, vegetables, grains and some animal products such as milk and eggs. But to get the amount needed to heal your brain, reverse cognitive decline, and stave off dementia you need to supplement. I recommend a micro-dose of food grade Lithium Orotate at 20 to 80 mg per day – taken all at once, or in divided doses. You can buy this natural supplement at your health food store or online. A dose of 40 mg is a good starting point and low doses should not cause any side effects or adverse reactions. In fact, even the World Health Organization has included lithium in its list of nutritionally essential trace elements, and I wholeheartedly agree!

Boost Your Brain

I also recommend Ultra H-3 Plus to help reawaken your brain, sharpen your memory and focus, boost your energy and lighten your mood. This amazing product contains more than 10 of the most well-documented, highly-researched brain health nutrients on the planet in each easy-to-swallow capsule. Many of my clients have reported improvements in mental focus, mood, joint and muscle pain and energy levels after taking 3 capsules per day, in between meals.

Ultra H-3 Plus from Uni Key Health

Ultra H-3 Plus

To get all the skinny on how to sharpen your brain, strengthen your body and reverse the symptoms of aging, go here to preorder your own copy of my new book Radical Longevity. You’ll receive my 3 FREE exclusive BONUS guides to help reverse aging and restore vitality, plus a $28 coupon to UNI KEY Health, as my gift to you.

Check out my recent blog, The 10 Commandments of Radical Longevity, and do enjoy listening to my recent podcast, Detox Divas Talk Heavy Metals – Episode 65: with Dr. Wendy Myers, where you’ll be fascinated to learn about the heavy metals affecting brain health.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

For a FREE daily dose of tips and strategies for maintaining healthy weight, conquering insomnia, and much more…check out my Radical Health Tips.

I’d like to meet and greet you on my Facebook groups, so won’t you check us out at the Radical Metabolism RevolutionFat Flush Nation, or my Inner Circle!


  1. Marianne

    I really could use help with my memory. Thanks for this informative blog.

  2. Marsha

    You new book sounds wonderful! I’m going to pre-order it now.

  3. Darlene

    Lithium is something I’ve never heard of for memory. Thanks

  4. Hattie

    I’ve been taking the Ultra H-3 Plus for a while and I find it really does help my memory. I’m going to add the lithium now. I still have an occasional “senior moment”

  5. RJB

    FROM THE World Health Organisation report ” Trace Elements in human nutrition”

    C. Potentially toxic elements, some possibly with
    essential functions.

    19. Lithium

    So Lithium is NOT on the essential elements list, it’s in the Potentially TOXIC elements. It’s only used in psychology treatments in extreme circumstances and at levels that are known to be toxic.

    • Team ALG

      RJB, It’s true that lithium is not currently considered to be an essential nutrient, but there is research that has proposed that lithium should be considered a micronutrient, given what we know about the beneficial effects of trace levels of lithium on the brain. Research was conducted by Dr. Schrauzer, a professor at UCSD and director of the Biological Trace Element Research Institute. Ann Louise is suggesting microdoses, that are not toxic levels.



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