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Study: Magnesium eases anxiety, improves memory

(Guangming Daily)

15:49, November 09, 2011

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.9 (People's Daily Online) --An increase of magnesium levels in men's brain may improve learning and memory and help reduce fear and anxiety, according to research conducted by Liu Guosong’s laboratory at Peking University-Tsinghua University Joint Center for Life Sciences.

According to the laboratory's paper published on the Oct. 19, 2011 edition of Journal of Neuroscience, elevating brain magnesium levels can improve the function of the brain part that controls learning without disturbing the normal operation of the part of the brain that controls fear. Therefore, an increase in brain magnesium levels may not only improve people's learning and memory but also help curb their negative emotions, such as fear.

The research findings suggest that eating more magnesium-rich foods, such as green vegetables, nuts and seaweed not only improves learning and memory but also can help reduce the anxiety of people with busy lives.

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Health Advocate at 2011-11-1167.49.111.*
Thanks for your article. As additional information that may be useful to your readers, The Nutritional Magnesium Association at recommends a 2:1 magnesium to calcium ratio is for supplemental use of these minerals.It"s based on several points of research.1. The amount of magnesium in the diet has dropped from 500 mg a day 100 years ago to 150 mg presently.2. People seem to require two to three times the RDA of 400 mg per day of magnesium.Looking at calcium and magnesium content of common foods, there is more calcium in the diet. Also, magnesium is rapidly lost from cooking and processing food, unlike calcium.Always consult with your physician. All matters regarding your physical health require medical supervision.

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