(NaturalHealth365) With an escalating Alzheimer’s disease epidemic affecting between 24-30 million people (worldwide) and Americans accounting for one-fifth of those cases – it is imperative than we look for novel nutritional interventions. One of the best ways to protect the brain is with magnesium – which has been well documented to improve cognitive function.
How can magnesium help Alzheimer’s disease patients
Researchers have found that magnesium plays an important part in protecting the aging brain’s structure and function; it can rebuild ruptured synapses, and restore the degraded neuronal connections within the brain and help reverse memory lost. In fact, for many years, magnesium has been recognized as a key component to optimal brain function.
Synaptic plasticity and the ability to change the number and strength of brain cell synapses is what the brain depends on to retrieve memories. Synaptic connections in the memory part of the hippocampus region of the brain decline with aging. People with Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive impairment experience more rapid loss of synaptic connections – so their memories begin to fade until they are lost entirely.
There are scientific studies that show inadequate levels of magnesium decrease brain function especially in the aging population. A study published in the journal Neuron, shows that increasing magnesium intake may be a valid strategy to enhance cognitive abilities and slow the deterioration of memory in older adults. Obviously, diet plays a significant role in cognitive function, so it is no surprise that it can have a positive influence on synapses.
Using magnesium to reverse brain dysfunction
According to the publication Food and Nutritional Research, a publication of U.S. Department of Agriculture – magnesium is the fourth most abundant element in the brain. A low level of magnesium overexcites the brain’s neurons and results in a less coherent brain.
In a review of a 2010 study published in Alzheimer’s Weekly, animal studies showed that upping magnesium intake over a period of time induced improvements in short and long term memory.
Experiments are ongoing; however in a study published in Magnesium Research, Italian researchers examined the magnesium status of people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. They found those with low levels had the most cognitive problems.
The testing of magnesium levels will not always show a true reading, the only true test is one that tests for magnesium ion levels. Carolyn Dean, M.D. (a magnesium expert) asserts, “magnesium in the blood does not correlate with the amount of magnesium in other parts of your body.”
The other part of magnesium for Alzheimer’s is the correlation of heavy metals playing a part in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. As far back as 1990, magnesium researcher Dr. Jean Durlach noted – “magnesium depletion, particularly in the hippocampus (that part of the brain associated with short and long-term memory), appears to represent an important pathogenic factor in Alzheimer’s disease. It is associated with high aluminum incorporation into brain neurons.”
By the way, magnesium has a great ability to help remove heavy metals from the body. The value of magnesium is being confirmed by study after study.
Great foods to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
There are many factors involved with the increase in Alzheimer’s disease such as, a nutrient deficient diet; fluoride in the water, and many other environmental toxins. Over the last 100 years, the soil has been depleted of magnesium due to poor farming practices. In addition, accelerated plant growth technology has led to less time for magnesium to settle in the plants.
Fluoride in the water binds to magnesium particles and renders them unavailable to our bodies, while the filtration processing of tap water and bottled water removes minerals including magnesium. For more information about the dangers of fluoride – watch this (eye-opening) documentary created Dr. David Kennedy.
Diabetes, pharmaceutical medications, chemotherapy drugs and diuretics all decrease magnesium, and on the other hand a whole food diet increases magnesium levels while decreasing diabetes risk and the need for toxic medications.
Nothing will work as safely as lots of organic greens and grains, which are loaded with magnesium with all the synergetic counterparts. You may also want to eat pumpkin seeds, squash and watermelon seeds which are loaded with magnesium. Interesting fact, coriander provides the most magnesium of all herbs.
Of course, don’t forget my favorite, cocoa or dark chocolate packed with magnesium as well as flax, sesame seeds, and sesame butter, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, almonds and cashews.
Quite frankly, nature provides the best way to maintain a focused mind, a healthy body, and a solution for any dis-ease.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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