Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have low magnesium levels, according to a study from the University of Padova in Italy. Because magnesium has antioxidant and neuroprotective capabilities, a review of the research was conducted to see if there was a link between this mineral and dementia. Results showed that compared to healthy controls, patients with Alzheimer’s disease had significantly lower levels of magnesium in their cerebrospinal fluid and in hair. It is unknown at this time whether this is a cause or an effect of the disease.
Veronese N, Zurlo A, Solmi M, et al: Magnesium status in Alzheimer’s Disease. American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias 2016;31:208-213.