Calcium and magnesium work hand in hand to build our teeth and bones. Our society is more often than not deficient in this critical mineral.
Research has found that the greater the magnesium content of tooth enamel, the less susceptible teeth are to decay. Good quality Magnesium supplements are recommended to many of our patients to help with stress management, improve sleep and minimise damaging tooth-grind.
This article on Life Extension by Dr Michael A Smith, MD discusses the importance of Magnesium Threonate for our brain health.
A quick search for brain supplements on Google produces thousands of results. But it’s become apparent to us that all of the gingko in the world won’t help you unless your nerve cells properly connect to each other.
In the brain, the synapse is where nerve cells connect. This space between the cells allows for electrical signals to move from the brain throughout the body. This electrical signal is essential for everything from moving muscles and feeling pain to remembering where you left your keys. As we get older, these important connections deteriorate, the signals dissipate, and significant problems can develop with memory and cognition.
If you want to get the most out of your current brain formula, then we need to increase and enhance brain cell connections.
Magnesium Threonate Improves Nerve Cell Connections
The brain consists of about 100 billion neurons. On average, each neuron is connected to other neurons through about 10,000 synapses. The theory is pretty straight forward: The more connections you have, the better your memory, the faster your brain processes information, and the better your attention and focus will be.
Neurologists refer to the deterioration of the connections as synaptic decay. It’s basically a decrease in density and number of synaptic “connections.” The subsequent result is decline in memory, concentration, and attention.
This is where magnesium comes into play. Unfortunately, magnesium is one of the most deficient minerals in the American diet. And chronic deficiency has long been shown to negatively affect brain function. So you may be thinking that you need to start eating more magnesium-rich foods and supplementing with it. And you’d be right. But there’s a problem.
Most magnesium supplements do not readily cross the blood-brain barrier. To overcome this obstacle, an innovative form of magnesium is being introduced called magnesium threonate. Threonate is a vitamin C metabolite that acts as a carrier to help magnesium enter the brain. Other forms like magnesium chloride, gluconate, citrate, and glycinate don’t cross into the brain very well at all.
In preclinical models, L-threonate boosted magnesium levels in spinal fluid by an impressive 15% compared to no increase with conventional magnesium1. Even more compelling, animal models revealed improvements of 18% for short-term memory and 100% for long-term memory using the threonate form of magnesium.1