From: Roman Bystrianyk on 16 Feb 2010 19:55
Mice given extra doses of a new magnesium compound had better working
memory, long-term memory and greater learning ability.
Before you go popping heavy doses of magnesium, however, know that
much more testing is needed. Though rodent brains work similarly to
ours, animal studies do not always predict what will happen in humans.
"If MgT is shown to be safe and effective in humans, these results may
have a significant impact on public health," said Guosong Liu,
director of the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University
in Beijing, China.
Magnesium is an essential element found in some fruits, spinach, and
other dark leafy greens. It is known to be important for the immune
system. Consume less than 400 milligrams a day and you may be at
greater risk for allergies, asthma and heart disease.
The element was shown brain-boosting abilities in earlier studies
using cultured brain cells. But the new compound - magnesium-L-
threonate (MgT) - was tested in animals and found to be effective.
"We found that elevation of brain magnesium led to significant
enhancement of spatial and associative memory in both young and aged
rats," Liu said.
Source: Fox News