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Magnesium Deficiency: Critical to Development of Alzheimer's

By    |   Monday, 25 Jul 2016 01:04 PM

Magnesium deficiency has far-reaching implications for the health of your body, but did you know it can also affect your mind?

Dr. Joseph Mercola, a renowned nutritionist and holistic health expert says Alzheimer’s disease is at epidemic levels in the U.S., and the prevalence is only expected to grow.

By the year 2050, Alzheimer’s may affect as many as 1 in 4 Americans making it as common as obesity and diabetes.

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Since there is no known cure and current pharmaceutical treatments are not beneficial, Mercola says that the focus needs to shift towards prevention of this devastating disease.

NaturalHealth365.com says researchers have found magnesium
to be an important nutrient for the aging brain. The mineral can help rebuild weak nerve synapses and even help restore lost memory. Scientific studies show magnesium deficiency contributes to declines in cognitive function, especially in older patients.

A review of a 2010 animal study published in Alzheimer’s Weekly showed that increasing magnesium levels improved both short- and long-term memory.

Finally, another study conducted by Italian researching and published in Magnesium Research examined magnesium levels in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. They found that those with the lowest levels of magnesium had the poorest cognitive function.

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Dr. Peter Osborne told Science Daily that more than 50 million Americans have magnesium deficiency because they do not eat a healthy diet.

Osborne, a board certified doctor of clinical nutrition, says we naturally lose magnesium as we age and that other foods and drinks such as caffeinated beverages can deplete magnesium even more. It may be necessary to take a magnesium supplement if your diet doesn’t provide enough of the nutrient.

Mercola says most magnesium supplements are not capable of passing blood brain levels but a new formulation, magnesium threonate, may be superior to others and shows early promise for helping to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

To prevent magnesium deficiency, NaturalHealth365.com recommends eating lots of green leafy vegetables and whole grains. The website suggests choosing organic whenever possible since conventional farming practices have depleted magnesium in the soil which lowers the magnesium levels in fresh produce.

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