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Magnesium Supplementation May Help Prevent Memory Loss

February 4, 2010 by  

Magnesium supplementation may help prevent memory lossAccording to a new study, increasing magnesium intake may help improve memory and learning abilities while inadequate levels of the compound may impair cognitive function leading to the deterioration of memory in older adults.

Professor Guosong Liu, director of the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and his colleagues developed a new compound capable of increasing magnesium saturation in the brain.

After boosting the levels of the nutrient in lab rats of different ages, the researchers found that magnesium supplementation was associated with positive behavioral and cellular changes.

"We found that increased brain magnesium enhanced many different forms of learning and memory in both young and aged rats," said Liu.

"Our findings suggest that elevating brain magnesium content via increasing intake might be a useful new strategy to enhance cognitive abilities," he added.

The researchers noted that control rats had a normal diet, which contained a typical daily amount of the nutrient, and that the beneficial effects were associated with levels higher than those provided by a standard diet.

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  • thefedupamerican

    Not only that, but it helps you sleep. I take 250-500mg every night before bedtime and I’m out like a light!

    • Paul K. Davis

      I read somewhere that there is a “best method” for increasing magnesium intake depending on what form it is taken. I think it was magnesium citrate that was recommended. Can you tell me in what form you take yours?

      • Scott Brown

        Citrate’s been good for me (I use a powdered form, look up Peter Gillham’s Natural Calm). I chose it specifically because of its absorbability. The fruit flavored ones taste OK (sweetened with stevia) but tend to fizz over the top of the glass. The unflavored tastes lousy but dissolved in a little hot water and mixed with a cup of fruit juice it’s fine. Either way works for me, and I do notice a difference.

  • Donna

    I take 500 mg of magnesium every night for my restless leg syndrome. It is sooooo great NOT having that problem any more and because I have eliminated RLS, I do sleep much better. Such a simple solution to a problem I have had for 60 years!!!

  • Suzanne

    I have MS and am already on several supplements to improve memory and cognitive functioning. Do you think adding Mg in this situation would help?

  • Fed Up Gal in NM

    My dog’s vet told me she takes 400 mg of magnesium citrate daily for migraines. I’m thinking of trying this for my migraines and as a more natural sleep aid. Does anyone else have any feedback on the benefits of magnesium when used for migraines? Does 400 mg sound reasonable? Thank you!

    Fed Up Gal

  • Merl Elton

    Liquid magnesium citrate without calcium or D is also good for clearing bladder sludge in dogs, other animals, and humans. However, do not give any alt meds along with pharm meds. And do not give alt meds without the advice of an alt meds herbalist expert, vet, or doctor. Do not overdose on magnesium, Mg, because Mg can act as a laxative; and Mg can become habit forming; or required as a laxative if given in large doses long term. As the ancient philosophers said, for best results everything should be done in moderation.

  • Merl Elton

    Humans and higher vertebrate animals are very similar physiologically; although not the same. So medications that work well in animals; sometimes work well in humans; and vice versa.

  • Merl Elton

    A combination of magnesium, tumeric curcumin, high absorption calcium, vitamin D can cure migranes in some people depending on the cause. Sometimes migranes are from hormonal imbalances; sugar imbalances, insulin resistance, osteopenia, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritism, trauma, stress, or other injury.

    • Fed Up Gal

      Merl Elton,

      Thank you for your feedback! Kind of interesting that I have not had a migraine since I started taking Melatonin and purchased a memory foam pillow approximately 2-3 wks ago (traditional type, not the type with the concaved section). Could simply be a coincidence, so I’m trying to take all this info in…to be prepared in case they return. Thanks again.

      Fed Up Gal


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