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Cognitive Benefits of Magnesium L-Threonate

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

cognitive benefits of magnesium l threonate

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  • Developed by scientists in 2010, magnesium L-threonate (MgT) is a patented magnesium compound with the ability to enhance working memory, short- and long-term memory and learning
  • In 2016, scientists found that not only did MgT enhance performance on individual cognitive tests in older adults with cognitive impairment, but reversed brain aging by more than nine years
  • MgT has been found to make dramatic improvements for people suffering from anxiety, sleep disorders and cognitive dysfunction
  • People with low magnesium levels are at risk for a number of serious disorders, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and other signs of metabolic syndrome, as well as osteoporosis
  • The latest discoveries regarding MgT were deemed critical because of the connection between the loss of synaptic density, brain shrinkage and subsequent cognitive decline

Described as a patented compound with the ability to enhance working memory, short- and long-term memory and learning in animal studies, magnesium L-threonate (shortened to MgT and pronounced "Mag T") was developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010.

The animal study that first introduced MgT, published in Neuron in 2010, noted its ability to rapidly absorb into the brain, which structurally reversed specific aspects of brain aging by increasing the number of "functional presynaptic release sites while it reduced their release probability."


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