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  • Writer's pictureDr. Kathleen Jones

Dark Chocolate Is Good For You!

A new study shows that a little bit of dark chocolate, because of the magnesium in it, may reduce dementia.

Magnesium has been known to help with sleep, relax muscles, support heart health, help keep bones strong and now may help with brain wellness as well.

The study had over 6,000 people aged 40-73 and focused on the the relationship between magnesium and the brain. They tracked the magnesium levels and studied the long term effects on the grey matter of the brain (memory area)

By the time people reached 55, the higher the levels of magnesium, the better the brain functioned. 550 milligrams a day or higher showed the best results.

The study shows that if people over 40 start with magnesium supplements, a very positive neuroprotective outcome will result.

Adult women should get around 320 milligrams and Men around 420 milligrams of Magnesium

Keep in mind, if you are on many meds, like blood pressure meds and anti depressant meds, they deplete the body of magnesium, so you will need to take more

Remember too that if you drink pop, one can, takes out all the minerals, including magnesium and dehydrates you.

You should try to get as much as you can from food. Magnesium rich foods are green leafy veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains and dark chocolate( at least 70%)

The best kind of magnesium for brain health is Magnesium L-threonate because it crosses the blood- brain barrier which lets the levels in the brain to be higher

So, grab a piece of dark chocolate, a big green salad, a handful of nuts or a nice slice of whole grain bread with almond butter! Enjoy and keep your brain healthy!


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