Research shows that memory function typically declines with age, even in healthy adults. Fortunately, studies suggest that dietary factors may reduce the symptoms of age-related cognitive impairment.1-6
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Magnesium L-threonate - Magnesium is essential for the healthy functioning of the brain and other body functions. Magnesium is primarily derived from green leafy vegetables and unprocessed grains. Unfortunately, given modern dietary practices, inadequate magnesium levels are quite common, affecting 50% or more of the U.S. population. Research shows that magnesium deficiency is associated with aging, as well as the increased incidence of many chronic diseases, including age-related memory decline and neurodegenerative disorders—debilitating conditions primarily affecting the neurons in the human brain. For example, studies have shown that patients with Alzheimer’s disease exhibit decreased brain magnesium levels. Furthermore, evidence suggests that brain magnesium levels correlate with anxietyrelated behavior, as well as treatment-resistant depression.3,6-15
Recently, neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China developed a new magnesium compound, magnesium-L-threonate (MgT), which has been shown to increase brain magnesium levels in animal studies. Unlike traditional magnesium supplements, MgT was shown to significantly raise brain magnesium levels in mice and
enhance learning abilities and short- and long-term memory in both young and old rats alike. In addition, MgT treatment effectively prevented learning impairment and memory deterioration in Alzheimer’s diseased mice during the entire course of the disease progression—without treatment, learning and memory abilities completely deteriorate within 15 months. Based on these preliminary findings, along with previous research that supports magnesium supplementation as a potential therapeutic strategy for preventing Alzheimer’s disease, MgT may prove to enhance memory and cognitive function in humans. Furthermore, given the results of animal studies, MgT may also prove beneficial in the treatment of anxiety, phobias and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-like behavior in humans.3,7,11-13,15-19
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for its intelligence-promoting and memory-enhancing properties. Gotu kola’s cognitive effects are recognized by the World Health Organization and the Commission E of the German Ministry of Health. Animal studies have confirmed gotu kola’s effects on memory, learning, aging and its potential use in Alzheimer's disease. Human studies have revealed multiple beneficial clinical effects of gotu kola, particularly regarding age-related cognitive decline. Gotu kola has been shown to revitalize the brain and nervous system, increase attention span and concentration, and combat aging. Human clinical studies have demonstrated significant cognitive improvements in elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment. In addition, gotu kola has exhibited anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) activity in humans, as well as positive effects in the treatment of depression and stress-related disorders.20-25
Bacopa monniera has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries for improving memory, enhancing learning and treating mental disorders. Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies have confirmed that bacopa provides memory-enhancing effects and exhibits the potential for improving cognitive performance in the elderly, including memory acquisition and retention, alertness, concentration, comprehension and recall. Bacopa has also demonstrated anxiolytic and anti-depressant activity and has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety in both animals and humans.2,23,26,27
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is likely the most widely used herbal medicine in the United States and Europe for alleviating symptoms of age-related cognitive decline and dementia. Ginkgo biloba leaf extract has been shown to enhance working memory and mental performance in both healthy young individuals and patients with age-related cognitive impairment. Research suggests that ginkgo biloba may improve cognitive processes and memory deficits through its numerous vascular effects, as well as by influencing various neurotransmitter systems that are of critical importance in cognition. In addition, ginkgo biloba demonstrates anxiolytic and anti-depressant effects. Human studies have demonstrated that ginkgo biloba can reduce anxiety, elevate mood and enhance quality of life in patients with anxiety disorders and mild-tomoderate dementia.28-38
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