Washington: Magnesium, a key nutrient for a good memory, may be even more critical than previously thought for the development of neurons (nerve cell) of children and healthy brain cells in adults, says a new study.Begun at MIT, the research by Inna Slutsky of Tel Aviv University`s (TAU) Sackler School of Medicine evolved to become a multi-centre experiment focussed on a new magnesium supplement, magnesium-L-theronate (MgT) that effectively crosses the blood-brain barrier to inhibit calcium flux in brain neurons.
"We`ve developed a promising new compound which has now taken the first important step towards clinical trials by Guosong Liu, director of the Centre for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University and co-founder of Magceutics company," she says. While the effects were not immediate, the researchers in the study, from TAU, MIT, University of Toronto, and Tsighua University in Beijing, were able to assess that the new compound shows improved permeability of the blood-brain barrier. After two weeks of oral administration of the compound in mice, magnesium levels in the cerebral-spinal fluid increased, says a TAU release. IANS
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