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Many of the health problems facing us today can be traced to nutrient deficiencies. You might have heard about the importance of getting enough Vitamin D or omega 3s, for example, but other nutrients don’t seem to get as much attention. When it comes to brain health and cognition, however, there is one nutrient that deserves top billing, and that is magnesium.

Scientists have been looking into the connection between the widespread magnesium deficiency seen in the U.S. and the rise in problems like Alzheimer’s. Most Alzheimer’s patients exhibit lower levels of serum and brain magnesium. With around 50 million Americans believed to be magnesium deficient and more than 16 million older Americans suffering from cognitive impairment, there is the potential to help a lot of people by exploring this connection.