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Chinese Researchers Find That Boosting Brain Magnesium Enhances Learning, Memory

January 28, 2010: 02:10 AM EST
Chinese scientists have found that boosting the level of magnesium in the brain improved learning and memory in both young and old rats. The researchers detected an increase in the number of functional synapses, activation of key signaling molecules and an enhancement of short- and long-term synaptic processes crucial for learning and memory after increasing brain magnesium in the animals. And, because it is difficult to increase brain magnesium using oral supplements, the researchers developed a new compound, magnesium-L-threonate (MgT), that might someday be taken as a dietary supplement to enhance cognitive abilities.
Inna Slutsky, et al, "Enhancement of Learning and Memory by Elevating Brain Magnesium", Neuron, January 28, 2010, via Neuron, © Elsevier Inc.
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