Your Brain Loves Magnesium L-Threonate

Have you ever forgotten a word or someone’s name that you should know? It happens to all of us, but what if you frequently find that you have trouble with ‘word finding’ or you keep forgetting to pay bills or get lost easily?  Your kids will tell say you had a “brain fart” or “senior moment” but honestly, it’s nothing to kid about. Cooking, house work and daily self care skills start to decline. Next comes the conversation about senior living facilities, but wait, you are only 40 or 50 something! What’s going on?

Don’t be hard on yourself, keep in mind we live in an ‘information stimulation’ age. Watch the news for an hour, you’ll be so wired from all the sad stories ticking by you will notice the silence as soon as you shut off the TV.  Devices? Mmm, love ‘em and hate ‘em.  All these tweets, posts, emails and mental chatter allow for virtually no space between your own thoughts.

Aging matters because the older we get, the more rust (free radicals) we accumulate.  Let’s talk about children for a moment. Inability to focus quickly gets diagnosed as ADHD. In comes Adderall. It’s easy to blame sugar, or the parents, or television but I don’t. The fact is, healthy cognition cannot occur unless you have the nutrients to feed each and every brain cell, and the cell membrane. As a population, we don’t do that very well. Magnesium is known to help both memory and attention, as well as depression and anxiety. Magnesium loves your brain and vice versa.

Did you know over 200 popular medications block magnesium, contributing to deficiencies. The primary offenders are antacids, acid blockers, hormonal contraception and diuretics. Supplementing helps, however, most forms of magnesium are hard on the stomach, or they cause diarrhea. Magnesium oxide is probably the worst form to take in my opinion, yet it is sold nationwide. You should be picky because many forms of magnesium don’t even penetrate your brain where you need it most.

If you have brain health concerns, especially problems with memory or attention there is much to consider, it’s not just magnesium and I don’t want you to overlook other considerations. The essential factors to consider include mitochondrial health, methylation problems, blood sugar imbalances, autoimmune disorders, gluten intolerance, heavy metal toxicity, chronic pain, sleep deprivation, stress, thyroid problems, and drug muggers (drugs that mug nutrients).

All of these factors play a role but today I want to talk with you about magnesium, a special type that is new on the market. It’s called magnesium L-threonate and it’s shown very promising results within the medical literature for age related memory loss problems. 

Some animal studies show excellent results in improving memory problems in rodents which had severe memory dysfunction. 

Alzheimer’s causes the brain to lose many of its connections or synapses leading to a tangled web.  The synaptic damage causes major disconnects that result in jumbled short term and long term memories. I won’t bore you but your physician may need to know synapse damage occurs, in part, from overzealous glutamate molecules which activate the cell’s N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor which then turns on an enzyme called Beta-secretase 1 (BACE1) and that churns amyloid plaques. Some people even have a genetic SNP in the BACE1 gene.

It sounds complicated but the simple part is that this special magnesium appears to help. An animal study published in September 2014 showed that Magnesium L-threonate slowed the hyperactive NMDA receptor signaling pathway improved synapse plasticity and reduced plaquing.  More importantly, the magnesium entered the hippocampus which is a big deal, that is your memory center. The turn around was fairly dramatic even when the treatment was given during the end-stage of the disease state.

An earlier study in 2013 showed how well Magnesium L-threonate worked to improve memory deficit in people with chronic pain by inhibiting TNFα [tumor necrosis factor alpha] which is a pain-causing chemical (when produced in high amounts). Magnesium participates in hundreds of metabolic pathways all over your body, and many in your brain, so adequate Central Nervous System [CNS] levels are crucial for optimal health.

The clinical applications for magnesium include: 

Supports healthy levels in the central nervous system
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Supports healthy synapse function and number
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Supports restorative sleep
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Supports cognitive and neurological health*
Supports stress management and a healthy mood*

Ready to try magnesium L-threonate? I have a pure form, it’s a delicious tasting powder and it is FREE of calcium, artificial colors and magnesium stearate. This is pure and provides a 2 (or more) month supply. Many users of my supplement have found that they can take even less than what is recommended on the label, for example 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon works well, you may not need a full dose. Start low, go slow.  Click here and get directed to my supplement site.

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

105 Responses to Your Brain Loves Magnesium L-Threonate

  1. leslie March 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

    Hi Suzy,
    Interested in supplementing my 4.5 year old son who has been diagnosed ADHD combined type, as well as generalized anxiety and have been reading about magnesium support.
    Any thoughts on the dosage of supplement for a child his age (wt is 44lbs) and any co-factors needed?

    Thanks!

  2. Alon March 19, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    Hey suzy.
    What you think about magnesium glycanate absortion?
    What the studies on this particular form says on its absorbption?
    I take it for mental problem (anxiety, lack concentraion -add diagnosed, etc).

    2. Does magnesium taurate is better for the brain (absorbd better?)

    Thanks
    Alon

    • Suzy Cohen April 6, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

      I suspect they are about the same in terms of absorption. I suspect that taurate form is better for the heart, and the glycinate might work better for seizures or neuro probs.

  3. william August 28, 2015 at 1:22 am #

    Is magnesium threonate a toxic metal chelator for mecury and lead from the brain and nervous system.

    • Suzy Cohen August 28, 2015 at 1:41 am #

      I don’t think it chelates it, I think that mineral deficiencies contribute to heavy metal burden/intoxication.

  4. Kay August 20, 2015 at 12:30 am #

    I am interested to know if this will help with constipation? Also will it help with bones? I am on a drug called Anastrazole for cancer and it can cause Ostioporosis. will this help? Any info on kidney stones as I also get those.

    • Suzy Cohen August 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Because of the nature of your complex health issues, I would suggest you ask your oncologist if this is right for you. Magnesium is traditionally known to improve bone integrity, however, this form will NOT help with constipation, you need a different kind of magnesium for that (oxide or citrate for example). Please ask doc what is right for you.

  5. Christine Patrick August 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    I have tried another form of Mag L-Threonate, without much luck and would be interested in trying yours. I am however following a ketogenic diet due to neurological issues and wonder if your productive would be a problem for my remaining in ketosis….due to the corn/carbs in it.

    • Suzy Cohen August 17, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

      I don’t think so.

  6. Patty August 12, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    What about Magnesium Orotate, serving size 62.6 mg? Would it improve memory, or just facilitate relaxation & relieve leg cramps?

    • Suzy Cohen August 13, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

      Sorry Patty, I can’t comment because I haven’t studied that form in particular.

  7. Natalie Risk August 10, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

    Hi Suzy,
    Just wondering, for a person that has a dairy intolerance, should a natural plant calcium supplement be taken along side magnesium to keep the levels in balance? My calcium levels are consistently low in blood levels even despite taking the plant calcium. I’d love to know exactly how much calcium and magnesium should be taken to ensure balance. Thank you

    • Suzy Cohen August 11, 2015 at 5:14 am #

      Hi Natalie
      The question I’d tease out is do you have enough vitamin D on board, D will shuttle calcium into the cells. The RBC levels of these minerals is important, not the serum levels so make sure your test is showing you erythrocyte or RBC levels of calcium and magnesium and go from there.

  8. Debbie August 9, 2015 at 4:26 am #

    Hi Suzy ~
    I have been takin Mag. L Threonate for approx. 1 month.
    Capsule form, directions say two mid afternoon and two evening a few hours before bed.
    I have only been taking the evening dose. I cannot seem to fall into a deep sleep since taking it. I have had sleeping difficulties for years and this seems to add to it.
    Any suggestions?
    Dr. mercola brand.
    Thanks!

    • Suzy Cohen August 11, 2015 at 5:21 am #

      I don’t know anything about Dr. Mercola’s brand, or why it would do that.

  9. Brian Matthews July 30, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    Thank you for information! I do have a question though…You stated “An earlier study in 2013 showed how well Magnesium L-threonate worked to improve memory deficit in people with chronic pain by inhibiting TNFα [tumor necrosis factor alpha] which is a pain-causing chemical (when produced in high amounts)”, do you have a source for this? I’m not sure what direction you are headed with this information, but I’d like to!

    Thank you and keep them coming!
    Brian

  10. Tammy July 17, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

    Hi Suzy,

    I am going to try this MagFocus product. All magnesium that I have taken in the past has made me nauseas but I haven’t seen anyone here complain of that problem. My vitamin D level is at 70 but I am afraid I don’t take enough calcium either through food or with supplements. Can you recommend a good calcium supplement that will not cause nausea? And what dose level is best for osteopenia?

    Thanks!

    • Suzy Cohen July 18, 2015 at 1:15 am #

      If your D is at 70 you should be absorbing calcium just fine. I would not take it unless you were lab tested and found to be low in ionized or RBC calcium. Don’t just randomly supplement.
      Start with 1/4 tea on Mag Focus take it with dinner or right before bedtime. Increase to 1/2 teaspoon as desired after one week. See how you do. No need to push magnesium, it is easy to get too much 🙂

  11. Joyce July 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    I have been dealing with Lyme Disease for 3 1/2 years. My memory has suffered. Any recommendations?

    Thank you,
    Joyce

    • Suzy Cohen July 18, 2015 at 1:16 am #

      Lyme affects memory for sure. There are dozens of ideas for memory, I’m not sure which would be correct for you. Why don’t you read my memory articles here on the site and see if something sounds good and then ask doc. Just put “memory” in the search box, you’ll get a lot of good articles.

  12. nyagero July 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    In a hard to get this nutrients area, what’s the alternative?

  13. John July 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Hi Suzy. I have severe MCS due to chemical and mold exposure. I’m currently taking Magnesium Malate. Would the L-Threonate be a better option since I’ve had nervous system damage and brain dysfunction? Is this a fermented product? If so, does the fermentation process create MSG? I’m very MSG sensitive. Sometimes, I react to citric acid. Anyway, I’d appreciate your thoughts. Please advise on any other supplements I can take that will assist in my recovery. Thank you! I’ve learned so much from you already.

    • Suzy Cohen July 12, 2015 at 12:10 am #

      If you’re doing well on the malate I’d stick with it. Have you been tested with a nasal swab for MARCoNS? Should be tested.
      No MSG in threonate. No fermentation.

  14. Jeff Ilstrup July 9, 2015 at 2:07 am #

    Interesting, I read that mag is suppose to be relaxing. However, both my parents couldn’t get to sleep till the wee hours of the morning when they took some mag before going to bed. They never want to get close to the stuff again.
    Jeff.

    • linda August 11, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

      i have had the trouble of not sleeping at night with Magnesium Malate. i read where it heals with fatigue, so make sense that it might be better to take in the morning.?!

      • Suzy Cohen August 12, 2015 at 3:13 am #

        Anytime Linda, morning is fine if it keeps you up at night.

  15. Stac July 6, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    What type of doctor is best to see regarding magnesium related issues?

    • Suzy Cohen July 6, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

      Any kind should be able to do the basic testing.

  16. Michelle July 4, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi Suzy,

    I just received my order of the new Magfocus.

    The directions indicate a dosage of one scoop. There is no scoop provided. How much is one scoop as relates to a teaspoon?

    Thanks.

    • Suzy Cohen July 4, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

      You have to dig deeper, the scoop is in there. I would NOT start with a scoop. I would start with 1/4 or 1/2 scoop (which is 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon). Start low, do it for a week and see how you need to go up or not.

  17. LJ June 29, 2015 at 2:43 am #

    What is the best time to take the Mag Theronate? One dosage all at once or a lil spaced out thru out the day??

    • Suzy Cohen June 29, 2015 at 6:15 am #

      I would take it at dinner or bedtime.

  18. Louie De Armas June 28, 2015 at 1:28 am #

    Hi Suzy I Have PVC’s my ND. Said to pick up Magnesium Taurate of Magnesiun L-Threonate, after researching I found that L-Threonate is geared to work with the brain, but I can’t find anything about L-Threonate that would help with PVC’s.

    Would really like to know if you have heard that it is good for the Heart (PVC’s) as well as the Brain.

    Thank you

    • Suzy Cohen June 28, 2015 at 5:21 am #

      Not heard of PVCs in particular. The Threonate form is however, geared to enter fatty tissue so I would think it could help by providing magnesium to the body. I like Mag taurate for the heart, the taurate provides taurine, the number one amino acid in the heart, and that is the rationale behind why your ND said to use that form, so that’s the form I suggest you use. He/she is smart 🙂

  19. Connie Mills June 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    Hi Suzy, I am 66 years old and taking Oxy-Powder for bowel movement. Will that help my memory problems any. I do not take any drugs. Thank You.

    • Suzy Cohen June 28, 2015 at 5:23 am #

      No, it’s magnesium oxide, it doesn’t leave the gut.

  20. Barbara johnson June 21, 2015 at 2:22 am #

    Hello Suzy,
    I really enjoy reading all you articles. They are very informative. Is this magnesium threonate okay to take with Ativan? I have increased my magnesium intake because I was low on my RBC magnesium. It seems that the increase in magnesium has really helped with withdrawal while tapering off Ativan. Thank you.

    • Suzy Cohen June 21, 2015 at 2:41 am #

      Yes, just use very low doses like half of what is suggested and then taper up to see how you respond.

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  22. Gale Waggener June 13, 2015 at 7:10 am #

    This is said to be a TNFa inhibitor. I believe that is what Humera & Embrel do. So could I get the same pain relief with this magnesium as with the above drugs? I have RA, & tried Humera, but went off of it due to side effects, & think it had run it’s course. Also, it looks like with this type of mag., a smaller amount would work like a larger elemental dose of other kinds. Is that true? Gale

    • Suzy Cohen June 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

      Yes Gale, a much lower dose of magnesium threonate is better.
      No, it doesn’t offer the same pain relief as Humera and Embrel.
      Magnesium does help with pain, esp muscle pain, but not as strong as those drugs.

  23. vicki June 8, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    Magnesium Chelate is that ok?

    • Suzy Cohen June 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

      Yes, that is a good type of magnesium 🙂

  24. Deborah McCoy June 6, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    Suzy,
    Thank you for all the wonderful information! I glanced through the study by neuroscience on effect of magnesium L threonate on synapse plasticity, memory and anxiety disorders. Have to admit mostly way over my head, but what I could understand was very interesting.

    I’m wanting to know if you know anything about Transient Global Amnesia? I’ve had 2 episodes of this in the last 4 years. My doctor recommended Mg Taurate to help with memory and coincidentally I just came across this article and the information on your supplelement MG L Theonate. Are these 2 MG products similar?

    Thanks for any insight you may be able to share on TGA!

    Deborah

    • Suzy Cohen June 6, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

      Magnesium taurate is very good too.
      TGA, I don’t know much about it, but because I study a lot of Lyme disease, I’ve seen it pop up there (as a possible symptom of Lyme or other brain/neuro infections), and also post chemo. There are many causes though, it’s not something I routinely study however I will keep an eye out. Thankfully only 2 episodes, those must have been very scary though!

  25. veronica June 6, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

    I have been taking a very low dose but it seems to make me very tired, is this possibly a cleansing effect?

    • Suzy Cohen June 6, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

      Hi Veronica
      All types of magnesium supplements are supposed to cause relaxation. It is natural with that mineral that’s why mag is usually taken at night in small gentle doses.
      (Contrast that with calcium which can cause insomnia, taken in the morning). Minerals have activity in the body such that they participate in various chemical pathways to produce relaxing or stimulating (or neurtal) effects.

  26. Vicky May 31, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    i am sensitive to corn gluten. (+3 on food sensitivity test) Would this product be something I should stay away from?

    • Suzy Cohen June 1, 2015 at 4:01 am #

      There’s no corn gluten in it, it’s citric acid (derived from non GMO corn). No corn proteins though.

      • Juli June 1, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

        Is it safe to take with birth control pills?
        What vitamins helps autism and schizophrenia? I have someone who is dealing with it? Would magnesium help?

        • Suzy Cohen June 2, 2015 at 4:27 am #

          Yes it’s safe to take with birth control pills, there’s no interactions.
          The answer to your other 2 questions would fill a book (but yes, magnesium is one possibility, just ask them to get docs approval so he/she can determine if it mixes well with their medicine).

  27. Bonnie May 31, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    SUZY I have also found your info very helpful Thank you for all you do to info us. I have one question about magnesium. Every kind I have tried causes constapation My naturopathy Dr has also tried several kinds and does not know the reason for this. Any thoughts you may have would be helpful. Thank you Bonnie

    • Suzy Cohen June 1, 2015 at 4:02 am #

      Magnesium usually causes diarrhea (if anything). Have you tried my L-threonate form as in “MagFocus” ? It should not cause digestive problems of any sort. Start with 1/4 or 1/2 scoop.

  28. Katrina Woodrow May 31, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    I have been rubbing magnesium oil into my tummy daily for a couple of years but my memory is pretty bad so I am presuming this is the wrong kind of magnesium, it is the chloride type.
    I am hoping I can find magnesium L threonate in the UK now I know about it! I really need it!

  29. Martha May 29, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    What happens if you take the magnesium l-threonate that has calcium and vitamin d3 in the powered form?

    • Suzy Cohen May 29, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

      Nothing necessarily, I just wanted to make it plain, pure magnesium, esp because sometimes adolescents are taking it. A person doesn’t automatically need D3 and/or calcium (and also there’s been a lot of controversy over calcium lately) so I just wanted to keep things simple. But that said, if you are using a brand that contains this, and you’re feeling great then that is fine.

  30. Mary U. May 29, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    Suzy,

    I have been taking magnesium for several months in the product “Calm,” that I found a link to from one of your articles. I recently ordered this new product from your site and wonder if I should only take it, replacing the magnesium citrate? Also, is this compatible with VINPOCETINE, which I already take for memory.

    Thanks for all your work helping us unravel the mystery of healthy supplements. 🙂

    • Suzy Cohen May 29, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

      Hi Mary
      MagFocus (Magnesium L-threonate) is fine with vinpocetine. Can be taken together, or separated if you want to take them at different times of the day. MagFocus may cause relaxation, and because it is a powder, it can be dosed in small tiny amounts during the day, and it bigger doses at night for more restful sleep.
      Magnesium citrate is a good form of magnesium, there’s nothing wrong with it and you can certainly keep on that form. It’s a form of magnesium that is particularly good for the bowels, it is good if you are constipated for example, that’s its best use actually. There are even liquid versions of magnesium citrate sold in those green, glass bottles at the pharmacy, in the aisle that sells constipation medicine. Some doctors make you drink it before imaging procedures that require bowel evacuation. Some people use different types of magnesium depending on the day, or they alternate based upon their needs.
      MagFocus doesn’t help really with constipation, it gets absorbed through the intestines, and goes into the bloodstream into the brain and other fatty tissues where it participates in hundreds of biochemical reactions as a cofactor. It’s very fat-soluble so it can get to the tissues that might be deficient, whereas magnesium citrate is better for digestive concerns (but it’s still a good form. Magnesium oxide or chloride… not so much).

      • Mary U. May 30, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

        Thanks for the good advice. I look forward to trying MagFocus.

  31. Ginny May 29, 2015 at 4:03 am #

    This is so me! Leg cramps, memory failed nag & all! Where to get this is my question?

  32. Sherry O. May 28, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Suzy,
    Years ago I struggled with PMS. I went to a OBGYN clinic where they were holding classes, and I’d also read an informative article in the Family Circle Magazine about a physician who’d compounded (?) magnesium and called it Slo-Mag. Basically, it had a coating so it wouldn’t break down prematurely in one’s system. Are you familiar with it, and does it relate to this type of Magnesium that you are describing?

    • Suzy Cohen May 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

      Hi Sherry
      It’s just magnesium chloride, it’s nothing at all like I recommend.

  33. Janet Daugherty May 26, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    My husband and I have been taking magnesium for years. Recently he was put on a low potassium diet. The doctor told him to stop taking magnesium as magnesium can raise the potassium level. Does this mean he can not take any form of magnesium?

    • Suzy Cohen May 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

      That’s weird, I’ve never heard to avoid magnesium unless your RBC (erythrocyte) magnesium level is too high, otherwise most people are deficient. Since I don’t know, and you don’t have an RBC mag level to evaluate then I would ask doctor this question since it is his recommendation. I wish you well.

  34. Ana May 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    Hi Suzy,
    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to write to you.
    I would like to know if it is ok to take magnesium threonate and manganese together and what will be the right dosage for both. I have memory problems. Thank you.

    • Suzy Cohen May 25, 2015 at 1:02 am #

      These are two completely different minerals so yes it’s okay to combine them they don’t interact. I don’t know your dosage, such things are based on your current level of function, your age, your liver function and kidney clearance and reactions in the past to nutrients. I would suggest you go with label directions or even less, if you are sensitive.

      • Ana May 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

        Thank you very much, I appreciate your help!

  35. Kris May 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    What is the source of the citric acid in this product?

    • Suzy Cohen May 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

      Corn (non gmo)

      • Denise May 24, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

        Oh sure come out with a new product that tastes like pixe stix and I still have some of your other product left ! Fill up some straws and send us out some samples !
        I’m teasing…good job I’m sure this product will help many people !
        Love learning and being informed keep up the good work….

        • Suzy Cohen May 25, 2015 at 1:04 am #

          LOL, you are a funny lady Denise! The regular magnesium is very good for generalized metabolic function. Some people have more neuro symptoms and issues in which case the threonate is a better choice because it goes straight into the central nervous system.

          • mrs j May 25, 2015 at 1:19 am #

            thank you Suzy for that little bit of further clarification, especially for those with nervous sytem issues.

      • Jannine June 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

        The “Natural Calm” magnesium citrate claims to be certified non gmo.

  36. Chandra May 24, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    This article was very concerning to me. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and dementia. Her quality of life during that time was not good. I’m concerned for my mother and myself, since I have heard it can run in the family. Seems like since I started going through menopause, my memory has gotten worse. I can’t stay focused on one task and finish it. I have been on Natural Calm. I believe that is Magnesium citrate. Does this one help with brain function?

    I know it helps with muscle cramps. It also relaxes me before bed and I fall asleep a lot faster. I know I have taken too much, when my stool is loose. I change my dosage frequently to make sure I’m getting the right amount. I fluctuate back and forth with harder stools and looser stools, till I get it just right. My main concern is what I am taking, will that help improve synapse plasticity and reduce plaquing?

  37. Aminta Beltran May 24, 2015 at 4:32 am #

    Thank you very much I was looking where to by the best magnesium God Bless you

  38. angi May 23, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

    Does it come in a pill form? Want to give this to an elderly friend but she already has issues getting up too much at night if she drinks much liquid late at night.

    • Suzy Cohen May 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

      We only have powder form for easier dosing. I take it with a dixie cup of water for the same reason.

  39. Chris May 23, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    You say it tastes like a pixie stick, and it lists “natural flavor”, so I’m assuming a fruit flavor. I’m allergic to several fruits, so I need more info than what I’ve found here…thanks

  40. Bob DeCarlo May 23, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    I like that it does not have calcium in it. But, many studies show that when taking magnesium you must also take calcium as magnesium depletes calcium. Newer studies show that the ratio should be 1:1, and not the old 2:1.
    Do not like the idea that color is added

    • Suzy Cohen May 24, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

      We felt that calcium should be taken through dietary sources (naturally!) as it is very hard to get a good clean form of that in supplemental form and too much has been associated with atherosclerosis. So it’s pure magnesium. We don’t add any artificial colors, it’s just berry extracts like from blueberries or raspberries.

  41. Mary May 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    Is magnesium citrate okay Suzy? I have an oxalate issue and take magnesium citrate about three times a day. Should I switch to the Mag. Theonate?

  42. jimirod May 23, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    I really like this explanation of Magnesium Theonate and it fills in the gaps of what I heard in the past. When I saw MIT studies I was perplexed because I never thought of them in medical applications. I had read in a brief article, I don’t know what it was in, but it stated that Theonate was part of a process that ferments the Magnesium so that it will pass through the blood brain barrier to help our memory.

  43. pamojja May 23, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    I agree that Mg-threonate is probably the best for raising Magnesium levels in the brain.

    However, with a severe Magnesium deficiency, like in my case, where only above about 1.8 gram/day of elemental Magnesium would stop very painful muscle-cramps, I made the experience that it doesn’t matter as much which kind of Magnesium used. (Except to the purse, of course)

    Tried Magnesium oxide, citrate, malate, glycinate, taurinate, ascorbate, threonate, arginate, and finally the sulfate form from a mineral water (Rogaska Donat Mg, http://www.donatmg.eu) in all possible combinations. But only when I meet at least 1.8 g/d of elemental Mg I’m fine and free from muscle cramps.

    So I finally settled and comfortable with the cheapest Magnesium oxide. This view in this post at longecity (http://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/22235-best-form-of-supplemental-magnesium/?view=findpost&p=566410) seems to confirm my practical experience.

    Keep up the good work.

  44. Bill Lamkin May 23, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    Are you familiar with membrane complex by Hans Nieper. It has magnesium 2-AEP in it. Thanks, Bill

    • Suzy Cohen May 23, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      I have seen that but it has all kinds of fillers/excipients and I’m not 100% sure what that and the AEP does exactly.

  45. sheila May 23, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    Can the magnesium L-threonate be given to 12 yr. old. She is on ritalin. Helps calming her down, but she is very rebellious.

    • Suzy Cohen May 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

      There isn’t an interaction with Ritalin, but as far as her taking it, I can’t advise, a physician has to do such things.

  46. Pam May 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Will this Magnesium L-Threonate help with restless Leg syndrome?

  47. maya May 23, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    what is difference between Magnesium L-theonate and glycinate. I’m taking glycinate for a long time, do I need add L-th
    thank you. Maya

    • Suzy Cohen May 23, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

      The glycinate form is very bioavailable (well absorbed) so I like that one.
      The threonate is a new form that has good cell membrane penetration. If yours is working you don’t need to add the threonate. If you want to switch that is okay but you do not need both.

      • Lynn June 11, 2015 at 4:27 am #

        Dear Suzy,

        I hope I can reach you this way. I’m interested in ordering the Mag. L-theonate, but have a few questions. I’m taking magnesium oxide(250 mg. ea) now, 2 or 3 times/day in order to keep my heart in rhythm. Without regular doses, I get very irregular rhythms -partly PVC’s (I am seeing a cardiologist and also take a beta-blocker for atrial flutter.) My concern is that you recommend taking the threonate version only in the afternoon or evening and I’m afraid I’d go out of rhythm if I waited that long. Is there any problem with taking it after breakfast and again after dinner? Or, could I take mag. oxide in the am and the theonate at nite? Thanks so much,

        Lynn

        • Suzy Cohen June 11, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

          There’s no problem with taking threonate form earlier in the day, just have to make sure it doesn’t make you drowsy. I’d ask your cardiologist how he/she feels about you switching.
          The dosage is not exactly even either, you may need less of the threonate form because it’s going to get more highly absorbed, the oxide form … most of that is lost through the gut.

          • Lynn June 14, 2015 at 1:17 am #

            Thanks so much for the quick reply, Suzie.

            Lynn

          • linda August 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

            hello! i have tried 1 capsule of Mg L-Threonate in the morning (serving size is 3) i got a bad headache. skipped a day then took one in the afternoon and had a smaller headache. i am confused on the amount: on the front it says 2000 mg per serving. then on the back it says Mg 144 mg , amt per serving AND Magnesium L-Threonate (Magtein) 2000 mg… i have NOT tried it again…
            many thanks for an explanation!

          • Suzy Cohen August 12, 2015 at 3:17 am #

            Dear Linda
            You are speaking of someone else’s capsules for which I have no understanding, or any comments to make. I can only speak about my MagFocus, which is a powder, and no one has reported headaches with it. Please contact the maker that made YOUR current product for an explanation or refund.

  48. Diane May 23, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    Suzy

    Would chemotherapy be considered a drug mugger? I have a couple friends who went through breast cancer treatment and a year later complain of memory loss and brain fog. Although one is taking tamoxifen.

    • Lissa Schwach August 10, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

      Your supplements sound Iike they are of the highest quality and I would like to place an order. I have Celiac Disease and it doesn’t look as though there are gluten ingredients but are you aware of any possible cross contamination in the facility where they are compounded?!! Thanks for all you do!

      • Suzy Cohen August 12, 2015 at 3:28 am #

        Hi Lissa
        Absolutely no cross-contamination. I have checked with all 3 of my facilities, we take the utmost care to ensure cleanliness and purity (and no gluten/wheat products anywhere). Thank you for asking. I should post it to my site.

  49. Sydnee May 23, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    What is the source of Magnesium L-Threonate?

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