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Magnesium Threonate May Improve Brain Function in Mature Adults

The CDC estimates that more than 16 million Americans are living with loss of cognitive function. A recent study suggests that taking a magnesium threonate supplement may improve cognitive function in mature adults suffering from memory and concentration issues.


Participants in the study included 44 people between the ages of 50 and70 who had self-reported memory loss and sleep disorder. Over the course of twelve weeks, they took either 25mg of magnesium threonate per kilogram (which is equals a dose of 1.5 grams for people who weigh between 50 and 70 kg and 2 grams for people who weigh between 70 and 100 kg) or a placebo daily. The researchers measured cognitive ability at the start of the study, the six week, and twelve week mark. They were measuring executive function, working memory, attention, and episodic memory.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted that the magnesium threonate group scored 10% better on the executive function test when compared with the placebo. They did not note any changes in working memory, attention, or episodic memory.


Researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing conducted the study. It was published on October 27, 2015, in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.


Magnesium is an essential micronutrient that is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium threonate is a form of magnesium that has been found in previous studies to help with improved memory and brain function.


Eating more magnesium rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains, nuts and milk is one way to increase your magnesium intake. Taking a supplement is also a good option.

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