Magnesium L-Threonate is a natural Nootropic magnesium supplement with cognitive benefits that may aid in reversing the decline of memory functions and learning that is due to aging.
What is Magnesium L-Threonate?
Magnesium L-Threonate (MgT) is a form of magnesium that binds to L-Threonic acid.
This is a fairly new dietary supplement, developed in 2010 by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Tsinghua University in Beijing.
It was developed to improve on the standard magnesium supplement and it’s potential cognitive benefits. Although larger scale testing needs to be done, it has shown promising results in the ability to penetrate the brain, where other magnesium supplements may not achieve this.
MgT plays a crucial role in activating nerve channels in the brain that help neurons form new connections to store information. This process is important for learning abilities and for both long and short-term memory.
It is suggested to improve age related memory decline, the ability to process information and to improve certain cognitive functions. Also, this supplement may even improve sleeping patterns.
Magnesium can be naturally found in foods including nuts, leafy green vegetables and beans. However, some experts suggest that more than half of the population does not eat enough of these foods to get the recommended daily intake the body needs.
Benefits of Magnesium L-Threonate
The first question is what is Magnesium used for? It is a mineral that works within the cells. The body needs it for strong bones and teeth, better nerve communication and muscle response. It may also be used to cure restless leg syndrome.
Magnesium, is also needed for healthy blood pressure levels, to increase energy levels and for a healthy brain. It has even been associated with improving stress response and anxiety since it is well regarded as a relaxant, even helping you sleep.
Magnesium L-Threonate’s uniqueness, lays in the potential ability to greatly increase synaptic plasticity by penetrating the brain more efficiently while providing all the other magnesium benefits.
Synaptic plasticity is the connections between the neurons and their ability to grow and change. This allows the brain to form new connections that are important for memory function, learning abilities, attention, concentration and focus.
As we age, synaptic growth decreases and new connections are not easily formed. This supplement may be very beneficial for older people to potentially reduce the age of the brain and improve executive functions.
MIT and Tsinghua University in Beijing suggests that MgT especially increased strength and activity among the synapses in the hippocampus. This is the area of the brain that controls all memory function. This may be especially beneficial to improve natural age related memory decline.
Finally, MgT is thought to have better absorption rates into the body and enhance the cognitive effects that are associated with magnesium supplementation.
Side Effects of Magnesium L-Threonate
Magnesium supplements are likely safe essential minerals. However, magnesium supplements need to be taken within the recommended dosages. Over usage or too much magnesium in the body can cause serious side effects (more than 350mg per day) and even fatality in extreme cases. Signs of magnesium overdose are;
- Low blood pressure
- Muscle weakness
- Excessive Diarrhea
This supplement is not recommended and should not be taken if you are taking medications for/or have kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes or diseases of the intestines.
Magnesium supplementation in general can cause stomach upset, if you experience diarrhea or loose stool discontinue use or lower the dosage.
Speak to your doctor first before taking Magnesium L-Threonate if you are taking antibiotics, muscle relaxers or blood pressure medication or thinners as this supplement may reduce the effectiveness of these medications.
Magnesium L-Threonate Dosage
The standard RDA (Recommended daily allowance) for magnesium is approximately 300mg-350mg per day in total for adults. Men can take up to 400mg per day but do not exceed this amount.
Products can contain Magnesium L-Threonate of up to 2000mg but that actually converts to 144mg of elemental magnesium. Check the product label for the amount of magnesium.
There are not a lot of magnesium supplements that contain Magnesium L-Threonate, so check the label for content.
This supplement is often taken with calcium. A safe measure is (1 to 3 ratio) 1: Magnesium to 3: Calcium ratio.