Mustard Oil is an excellent source of magnesium. This useful mineral is known to boost metabolism and help in the synthesis of protein within the body. It is also an important mineral for healthy bone development.
A new study now reiterates the profound effect that magnesium has on brain health and functioning. It also helps in reducing the risk of dementia, which currently causes the seventh highest fatality worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 152.8 million people around the world will be diagnosed with dementia by the year 2050. That’s scary!
The study initiated by a team of scientists from the Australian National University’s Neuroimaging and Brain Lab shows that the consumption of higher levels of magnesium through one’s diet can lead to a healthier brain and better cognitive functioning. This research outreach involved over 6000 participants in the age group of 40 to 73 years. The findings, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, indicate that a 41 per cent increase in the dietary intake of magnesium could lead to a significant reduction in age-related brain shrinkage accompanied by better cognitive function and a noticeably lower risk of dementia. In elderly participants, it was also found that increased magnesium intake could delay the onset of dementia.
And it isn’t only about elderly folks. The results of this study show that even young people can derive brain benefits by increasing their consumption of foods rich in magnesium. The findings indicate that an increased intake of magnesium can prevent neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive decline in later life – particularly after one crossed the 40-years mark.
For Indians, a simple way to get more magnesium in one’s diet is by using cold-pressed Mustard Oil as one’s primary cooking medium. In this way, every meal gives the body a healthy dose of magnesium.