🧠 Who doesn’t want better brain health? One of the more frightening issues for people as they age is developing dementia. That is a real possibility since the global prevalence of people with dementia reached almost 58 million in 2019.
By 2050, that prevalence is scheduled to affect over 150 million people. If that occurs, imagine the considerable impact on health resources and expenditures.
No-one has developed a cure for dementia. Drug treatment has largely been unsuccessful, so attention is being directed toward preventing this catastrophe in the first place.
The risk factors identified to date only explain about one third of those suffering from non-genetic dementia. That means that 65% of dementia risk factors are not currently identifiable.
Is there anything we can do to prevent this devastating disease? The basics for prevention include exercise, healthy food choices, good sleep, not smoking, and minimizing alcohol intake.
Keeping your brain active with conversation, reading, completing puzzles and other mental activities is also important.
What about supplements for brain health?
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A new study of more than 6000 healthy adults in the United Kingdom found that those who consumed more *MAGNESIUM* had healthier brains.
In fact, they had larger brains when looking at gray matter, white matter, and the hippocampus.
This held true in postmenopausal compared to premenopausal women as well. Magnesium plays an important role in regulating oxidative stress and neuroinflammation, with accumulating evidence that elevations in these factors contribute to the development of degenerative dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
How much magnesium?
By the age of 55, people who consumed more than 550 mg per day had a brain age approximately one year younger than those who consumed 350 mg.
🤯 Wow 🤯
Magnesium is one of my favorite nutrients— good for sleep, blood sugar control, metabolism, stress, anxiety, and improved blood pressure..
Here are some great food sources:
🥬 Green leafy vegetables (like spinach, Swiss chard & collards)
🥜 Nuts & Seeds (like pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, almonds, & cashews)
🥣 Whole Grains (like brown rice & quinoa)
🐟 Fatty fish (like salmon, mackerel, and halibut)
🍌 A large banana contains 37 mg of magnesium
Although this study references dietary magnesium, it can also be taken as a supplement, which I like to do at night because of its calming effect on the nervous system. Confusion arises since there are several types of magnesium supplements. Magnesium L-threonate may be most beneficial for cognition Here is a good one from Life Extension, who have been making quality supplements since 1980:
https://www.jdoqocy.com/click-9120937-12542182?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lifeextension.com%2Fvitamins-supplements%2Fitem01603%2Fneuro-mag-magnesium-l-threonate There are magnesium supplements that blend several different types.
This blend contains 7 different forms of magnesium:
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Alateeq K, Walsh EI, Cherbuin N. Dietary magnesium intake is related to larger brain volumes and lower white matter lesions with notable sex differences [published online ahead of print, 2023 Mar 10]. Eur J Nutr. 2023.