Florida, September 30, 2014: New research carried out by a Nutrition Formulators research team has found that magnesium improves memory in humans and protects the brain against cognitive impairment (CI) and the Alzheimer’s disease; two illnesses that, in the words of  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will affect 20 percent Americans, aged 55 and above, in year 2030. The research demonstrate that magnesium affects synapses -  junctions through which neurons communicate with one another - positively and slows down age- and disease-induced cognitive decline.

 “Our findings suggest that increasing magnesium intake - either through magnesium rich foods or magnesium supplements - is an effective new way to prop up one’s cognitive abilities and protect herself against CI and other cognitive illnesses,” explained the research lead and Nutrition Formulators’ Project Development Manager, Yasser Verdecia. “Fifty million Americans are magnesium deficit and the ill-effects of insufficient magnesium intake will manifest themselves as people age.”

 All instances of CI, from mild to severe, have reached an epidemic proportion in theU.S.Yet there is no nationwide policy in place to educate the Baby Boomer generation, that is aging and its members are living longer, the importance of magnesium intake. It may soon turn into a major health issue and financially strain the already bleak social service net. 

“The human brain begins to shrink after the age of 25,” explained Verdecia. “Structural changes in the grey matter lead to the loss of synapses. If left unchecked, the losses can exacerbate and morph into any of the several memory-related diseases: ranging from mild and almost unrecognizable cognitive disorders to the dreadful Alzheimer’s disease.”

Magnesium is crucial for the proper functioning of the brain. When it is present in sufficient amount in the body it promotes synaptic plasticity. There are two sources of magnesium: (a) foods, and (b) supplements. The sources are not equally effective because to boost magnesium levels in brain is a complicated affair. The body extracts more magnesium from well-designed supplements than either food or generic pills.

“One can either devote herself to magnesium rich foods, or make a habit - under supervision from a health professional - to include magnesium pills in her diet,” said a Nutrition Formulators researcher, who was part of the research team. “However, it should be widely known, that diet and supplements are not equally beneficial for the body. Supplements containing MgT, or magnesium-L-threonate, have been found to increase the magnesium levels in a brain significantly than either raw magnesium (as found in poor quality supplements) or foods.”