Have you ever forgotten the name of someone you know? It happens to all of us at times, but what if you frequently find that you have trouble finding the right word or you forget to pay your bills or get lost easily? Your kids will say you had a “brain fart” or “senior moment” but honestly, it’s nothing to kid about. Cooking, housework, and daily self-care skills start to decline. Next comes the conversation about senior living facilities, but wait, you are too young for that! 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.
Our age matters too because the older we get, the more rust (free radicals) we accumulate.
Brain issues aren’t limited to adults. In children, the inability to focus quickly gets diagnosed as ADHD. In comes Adderall. It’s easy to blame sugar, or the parents, or too much screen time, 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 possible issues. 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 steal nutrients from your body).
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 has 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- 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 that 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 turnaround 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*
Supports healthy synapse function and number*
Supports restorative sleep*
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.
*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.