A study from the Australian National University suggests that increased magnesium intake in our daily diet can improve brain health as we age and reduce the risk of dementia.
Researchers found that consuming more than 550 mg of magnesium per day, through foods like spinach and nuts, resulted in a brain age approximately 1 year younger by 55 compared to those with a normal intake of 350 mg.
A 41% increase in magnesium intake could lead to less age-related brain shrinkage, which is linked to better cognitive function and a lower risk or delayed onset of dementia in later life.
There is no cure for dementia – the 7th biggest killer globally. The number of people worldwide who will be diagnosed with dementia is expected to more than double from 57.4 million in 2019 to 152.8 million in 2050.