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Dementia news: Magnesium supplementation treats dementia

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Wednesday Dec 11, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study in Medical Hypotheses suggests that taking magnesium supplements may help treat dementia.

Serefnur Ozturke and Asl? Ece Cillier from Ankara Numune Education and Research Hospital in Kizilay, Ankara, Turkey reported that magnesium used along with drugs like memantine can be useful in treating dementia.

The authors said some vitamins and trace elements have been investigated for treating dementia in most cases Alzheimer's disease and recent studies show that magnesium affects many biochemical pathways and facilitate learning and improve other symptoms of dementia. Memantine particularly benefits moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia.

Dementia which is Alzheimer's disease in a majority of cases affects millions of men and women in the U.S.  There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease and the disease eventually kills the patient.  

Some dietary factors have been known to affect the risk.  For instance, omega-3 fatty acids have been  known to some degree to help prevent some types of dementia like Alzheimer's disease. (David Liu)

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