Make It Magnesium for Healthy Brain Function
Late last year I predicted that 2010 would be magnesium’s year. And with the latest study on magnesium, my prediction is bearing fruit.
True, magnesium hasn’t dominated the health headlines this year like, say, vitamin D has in terms of frequency. But in terms of import, magnesium’s time to shine is now, as a recent study suggests that this magnificent mineral helps buoy one’s memory.
Researchers from Israel’s Tel Aviv University recognized magnesium’s magnificence after supplementing two groups of rats with the same food regimen, but tinkered with one of the rat groupings by adding a new-fangled magnesium supplement that purports to better penetrate the brain than contemporary magnesium supplements.
Through brain scans and cognitive tests, researchers found that, indeed, the magnesium-supplemented group outperformed the other group both in cognitive function and brain development.
In a statement, the researchers said they were “pleased” by the findings, but they couldn’t help but be somewhat disconcerted by the findings at the same time.
Apparently when they used over the counter magnesium supplements, there was no measurable difference in cognition between the two groups.
Translation: According to the researchers, magnesium supplements on the market today don’t help with brain function.
Now, this study should not suggest that magnesium supplements on the market don’t work period, only that they don’t seem to be effective for brain health and development. Researchers are confident, however, that when the new and improved magnesium supplement becomes commercially available—magnesium-L-theronate, or MgT— it will help make memories magnificent.
In the meantime, increase your magnesium intake by supplementing with – you guessed it – magnesium-rich foods.
Some of the richest magnesium sources come from seeds (like pumpkin seeds), leafy greens (like spinach) and beans (like black beans). A quarter cup of pumpkin seeds has 184 milligrams of magnesium, a cup of boiled spinach has 156 milligrams and a cup of black beans has 120 milligrams.
Not to be outdone as a solid source for magnesium is salmon. A four-ounce serving of salmon has 138 milligrams of magnesium. Other significant sources for magnesium in the seafaring family include halibut (4 oz.=121 mg), scallops (4 oz.=77 mg), tuna (4 oz.=72 mg) and shrimp (4 oz.=38 mg).
Adult men should be getting at least 420 milligrams of magnesium per day, while women should get about 320 milligrams per day.
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