A study shows that intake of magnesium1 above what is traditionally considered the normal dietary amount has a dramatic effect on improving multiple aspects of memory and learning. In the study, magnesium directly improved synaptic plasticity, which I previously explained is the key to the future health of your brain. The data suggests that the daily recommendation of 400 mg of magnesium, while adequate for some important functions of magnesium, is not adequate for optimal brain function. Various regions in the brain associated with learning and memory experienced significant improvements in synaptic function as a result of magnesium dietary supplementation.


Over the years I have seen significant health improvement in individuals consuming magnesium in the 600 mg – 1,000 mg range. Low quality forms of magnesium include magnesium oxide, magnesium aspartate, magnesium gluconate, and magnesium sulfate.
Because magnesium tends to have a laxative effect the amount any one person can consume as a dietary supplement is sometimes limited by bowel function. At Wellness Resources, we use highly absorbable, high quality forms of magnesium including magnesium glycinate and magnesium malate.


However, for those interested in strategies to help maintain optimal brain function, higher levels of magnesium intake are likely to be helpful.



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