Vitamins for memory – how magnesium improves memory
Magnesium has been on the list of important vitamins for memory for a while, but a clear relation between magnesium and cognitive function has recently been discovered by a group of scientists from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Magtein, a patent-pending magnesium compound, raises brain’s magnesium levels and increased learning ability, working memory and short- and long-term memory in young and aged rats.
Magneutics and AIDP, respectively the developer and distributor of Magtein, had a lot of interest for their product since the results of the study in rats were published. Magtein is self-affirmed generally recognized as safe (GRAS), which means that the manufacturer has performed all necessary research to defend its product’s GRAS status.
Magtein is a product that can easily be used in supplements or drink, since it is soluble in water, odorless, tasteless and colorless. Two supplement companies have launched the product, but many producers of memory supplements and vitamins for memory wait to see if the memory effects in rats can be generalized to humans.
According to a spokesperson of AIDP a new study, which looks into the effects of Magtein on human cognition, has just started at the University of Southern California.
“The human clinical study is a double-blind, placebo controlled study with 40 individuals. Preliminary results will be available by mid-2012.”
Further information on this study is confidential at this moment, according to the spokesperson. However, it is likely that one factor that will be studied is the appropriate dosage for humans of Magtein.
What foods contain high levels of magnesium?
Foods with high levels of these (and other) vitamins for memory are Nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts), beans (black, navy, white), spinach, tomato and grains (oat bran, wheat flour, barley, buckwheat flour).
However, the study of the effects of Magtein on the memory of rats showed that other common magnesium compounds than Magtein, did not effectively improve brain magnesium levels. Reason for this is, according to distributor of the product AIDP, that Magtein crosses the blood brain barrier more effectively than other magnesium compounds.
Research on vitamins for memory:
Slutsky, I., Abumaria, N., Wu L.J., Huang, C., Zhang, L., Li, B., Zhao, X., Govindarajan, A., Zhao, M.G., Zhuo, M., Tonegawa, S., & Liu, G. (2010). Enhancement of Learning and Memory by Elevating Brain Magnesium. Neuron, 65, 165-77.