A new study suggests that the nutritional supplement magnesium can help boost an individuals brain power.
According to a study published in the journal, Neuron, it was found that increasing magnesium in the brain can help enhance learning abilities, working memory, and short- and long- term memory in mice. The test subjects also performed higher in a variety of learning tests.
Researchers are excited with this new prospect, noting that it could provide insight to age-related cognitive loss. The scientists noticed a difference in brainpower in both old and young mice, furthering their claim.
“Half the population of the industrialized countries has a magnesium deficit, which increases with aging,” said researcher Guosong Liu. “If normal or even higher levels of magnesium can be maintained, we may be able to significantly slow age-related loss of cognitive function and perhaps prevent or treat diseases that affect cognitive function.”
The discovery of magnesiums brain power boost may lead to a market for alternative medications when it comes to memory loss. Liu has done previous research for preventative drugs from Alzheimers disease.