Magnesium-L-Threonate and Brain function, which I originally wrote two years ago has been a very popular post garnering many comments and questions, so I felt justified in giving this update for those interested.
Two years ago it was undergoing testing in humans to help with brain function and it was felt that taking magnesium supplements alone would not give the added benefits that the L-Threonate would render. L-Threonate is added to aid in bioavailability, which means the magnesium actually gets into your bloodstream and is usable by your body. In 2010, when I wrote my earlier article, you could only get the powder and not get the supplement in capsule form. That has changed and there are now a number of places to get the supplement.
One that has come up from a number of readers is Sabre Sciences. They have what they call iMagT. Cerebral Health also sells a version of Magnesium L threonate. A third source is Swenson Vitamins. I am not vouching for these manufacturers, just passing on the information. I am looking into another company right now called Life Extensions, which seems to be pretty legit. More on that as I learn about them. And here’s a link from Amazon.. Neuro-Mag™ Magnesium L-Threonate, 90 vegetarian capsules
But for people who want to stay sharp (as I mentioned in the original article) there is also the definite “use it or lose it” school of thought. I am totally in this group as well. My mom is 83 now and still very sharp. She does daily crosswords, word search and is a voracious reader. She recently bought a netbook and is now surfing the web and learning more all the time. Her long and short term memory seems to be as sharp as ever to me. Way to go Mom!
One cool thing about the internet is that you never know what you are going to stumble across. It might be something as mind numbing as Awkward Family Photos (don’t go there if you don’t want to laugh and get distracted) but it can also provide something as cool as Lumosity, which is a brain training website I’ve become somewhat addicted to. Addicted in a good way. The games there (some are free and some cost a couple bucks) are fun and are specific to exercising your brain.