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The Little “Synapse”

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Our brain consists of about 100 billion cells called neurons. In order for neurons to communicate in a way that allows you to exist they must connect to one another. A synapse is that connection that allows information to pass from one neuron to the next. Your synapses control electrical impulses and the release of neurotransmitters between neurons.

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the pathological accumulation of nonfunctioning plaque in neurons and loss of normal neurotransmitter flow between neurons.

Scientists have found there is a severe loss in synaptic density in Alzheimer’s patients.

On the positive side magnesium protects and restores synaptic density. Now scientists are working to see if they can restore synaptic density before Alzheimer’s sets it.