Magnesium is Vital to the Brain for Memory

January 13th, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

The medical community agrees that cognitive impairment (CI), ranging from mild to severe, is almost epidemic in the U.S. as the Baby Boomer generation is aging and living longer. Scientists believe one reason is that the human brain begins shrinking after age 25. Structural changes and loss of brain synapses lead to rapid decline in cognitive health.

The human brain has a greater degree of plasticity or ability to adapt and change than scientists previously believed, and new studies, specifically those made in nutritional research, show that magnesium deficiency in adults may play a more important role in CI, and more seriously, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), than previously thought.

The results of one medically significant study suggest that elevation of brain magnesium through dietary intake of magnesium exerts substantial positive effects on brain synapes in a mouse model of AD, actually restoring aging brains to their youthful conditions. The study is the first to show a mechanism for reversing cognitive decline in advanced stage AD mice, and is also the first to show an effective long-term treatment in AD mice. More exciting, though, are the implications of this study for the potential for treating AD in humans.

There is no doubt that magnesium has dramatic effects in preventing synapse loss and reversing memory decline in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.

Cognitive impairment can affect a person’s memory, language, perception, ability to plan and carry out tasks, and judgment. A recently concluded double blind, placebo-controlled human study, the ‘gold standard’ of science, demonstrates that dietary supplementation of magnesium, can significantly enhance human cognitive functions and decrease symptoms of cognitive impairments.”

50 million Americans are magnesium deficit because people do not eat enough foods that contain magnesium. We know that as we age our bodies naturally lose magnesium. For example, drinking coffee or caffeinated products increases the loss. This deficit must be replaced by taking a nutritional supplement.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates show that approximately 20% of people ages 55 and older will experience some form of cognitive impairment. The number and growth of the aging population in the U.S. is unprecedented. Two factors — longer life spans and aging baby boomers — will combine to double the population of American’s aged 65 years or older during the next 25 year to about 72 million. By 2030, older adults will account for roughly 20% of the U.S. population

Journal of Neuroscience, ScienceDaily

Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec’s Comments on Magnesium is Vital to the Brain:

Magnesium is not just about brain health it is about total health. It is the second most important cofactor in all cellular reactions and is critical not only to the brain but also to the heart and all muscular function.

Magnesium plays an essential role in a wide range of fundamental cellular reactions. More than 300 enzymes require magnesium as a cofactor. Complexed with ATP, the main carrier of metabolic energy in the body, magnesium is essential for all biosynthetic processes, the formation of energy in the body, muscle function including heart function and often overlooked, magnesium is critical in brain function.

Food sources included: almonds, spinach, avocados, cashews and pumpkin seeds.

We formulated a special multi-chelated form of magnesium to help with all possible magnesium deficiencies affecting both mental/emotional and physical imbalances.

As one of our patients writes: I had to get off clonopin (benzo) and my hands would shake every morning, my mind would spin. Once I took the Magnesium I was not shaking anymore. Thank God for this Magnesium

 

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