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Tip #20: Magnesium and Memory.

Mice given extra doses of a new magnesium compound had better working memory, long-term memory and greater learning ability.  Magnesium is an essential element found in some fruits, spinach, and other dark leafy greens. It is known to be important for the immune system. Consume less than 400 milligrams a day and you may be at greater risk for allergies, asthma and heart disease.   “Half the population of the industrialized countries has a magnesium deficit, which increases with aging,” said Guosong Liu, director of the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.  “If normal or even higher levels of magnesium can be maintained, we may be able to significantly slow age-related loss of cognitive function and perhaps prevent or treat diseases that affect cognitive function.”

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