Magnesium Threonate

Magnesium threonate is a salt of magnesium and L-Threonate with neuroprotective and nootropic effects. Magnesium threonate can significantly improve memory and learning.

Scientific Name:
Magnesium (2R,3S)-2,3,4-Trihydroxybutanate


  • L-Threonate significantly enhances the bioavailability of magnesium[1]
  • Magnesium inhibits the activation of NMDA receptors and blocks calcium channels, decreasing neuronal hyperexcitation and excititoxicity[2,3]
  • Magnesium can greatly improve both short and long-term memory and delay age-related memory impairment[4]
  • Can have anxiolytic effects and improve sleep quality[5,6]
  • Improves synaptic activity and plasticity[7]
  • Improves glucose metabolism and energy production[8]
  • May increase cerebrospinal fluid in the brain[9]

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