A new study has revealed that taking magnesium as part of your daily diet can reduce age-related brain shrinkage and delay symptoms of dementia. According to scientists from the Neuroimaging and Brain Lab at The Australian National University, the increased intake of magnesium-rich foods, such as leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains can be beneficial to deterring neurodegeneration.

The study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition and conducted in the United Kingdom, involved more than 6,000 participants between the ages of 40 and 73 who were cognitively healthy. The study found that those who consumed over 550 milligrams of magnesium each day had a brain age that was approximately one year younger by the time they reached 55, compared to those with a normal magnesium intake of approximately 350 milligrams per day.

Lead researcher Ms. Khawlah Alateeq noted that the study’s findings suggest that higher magnesium intake in our diets could contribute to neuroprotection earlier in the aging process, potentially offering preventative effects as early as our 40’s.

Read the study here