Thursday, January 28, 2010

Take Magnesium to Boost Your Brain and Memory

Source: Science Daily (Summary by NIM)

Magnesium is a mineral that is involved in almost all bodily systems. It's needed to maintain normal muscle and nerve function through protein synthesis, keep your heart healthy and strong by maintaining normal blood pressure, support a healthy immune system, keep bones strong and it's been shown to help manage diabetes through it's ability to regulate blood sugar levels. Since it's involved in maintaining normal nerve function, it follows, therefore, that magnesium is also good for the brain.

According to a new study from the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, Magnesium helps boost brain power. In animal studies, supplemental levels of magnesium were shown to enhance many forms of learning and memory. One of the researchers said "Our findings suggest that elevating brain magnesium content via increasing magnesium intake might be a useful new strategy to enhance cognitive abilities,".

The current RDA for magnesium for adult females is 320 mg per day, and for males it's 420 mg per day, but the researchers note that the levels they're recommending are higher than what can be achieved through diet. Nevertheless, some great dietary sources of magnesium include dark leafy greens, beans, peas, nuts and seeds (especially almonds and cashews), whole grains, and fish like halibut. No surprise that these are also foods commonly consumed in the Mediterranean diet!

Find out more about this study by reading the article "Magnesium Supplement Helps Boost Brainpower" from Science Daily (Jan. 27, 2010).