Magnesium and brain function

25 Jan

Seth Roberts links to this report in Nature titled “Testing magnesium’s brain-boosting effects.”

This is an interesting result but please note that the research was funded by a pharmaceutical company that might have an interest in the outcome. In addition, the sample size was small. There is a recurring arc for this type of claim; initial studies with small sample sizes show large effects while later, better designed, research finds no or little effect. Best to keep an open mind but be willing to re-evaluate in the face of new evidence.

There is evidence that the modern diet may be deficient of magnesium.

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One Response to “Magnesium and brain function”


  1. Magnesium reverses cognitive deficits in mice | peakmemory - January 26, 2014

    […] Yesterday, I blogged about the possible cognitive benefits of magnesium. Here is another example of this type of work. A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience found looked at a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease and found that a particular form of magnesium, magnesium-L-threonate, improved memory and reduced synaptic loss in these mice: […]

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