Can People Grow New Brain Cells Regardless of Age?
Traditionally neurology taught us that people could not regrow brain cells since the brain is fixed. For a long time, it was believed that a person is born with a specific amount of brain cells.
Since people lose brain cells naturally as the candles on the cake increase, the day after our 25 birthday was seen as downhill for the brain function. But is this true?
According to some studies, it is possible to grow new neurons when you are an adult. Researchers have come to the discovery that adults can grow new brain cells, no matter how old they are.
More About This Discovery
The process of producing new brain cells is known by the name neurogenesis. Mainly the new brain cells are known by the name neurons.
This process is most active during prenatal development, but it can go on in adulthood in 2 brain areas – the subventricular zone and the hippocampus.
The hippocampus is the region of the brain which is responsible for regulating emotions, storing long-term memories, and learning information. Moreover, it comes with different positive implications.
Breakthrough in Neuroscience
In 2005 scientists stated that the discovery according to which the brain can make new neurons from pools of stem-like cells was really a breakthrough when it comes to neuroscience.
Joseph Altman, in the year 1962 and 1963, made significant discoveries. These discoveries were ignored for an extended period. However, in the 1990s researchers finally understood Joseph’s point of view when it comes to neurogenesis.
There is a possibility that learning and memory are vital related brain functions that are impacted by neurogenesis. This process was discovered to treat depression symptoms, regulate stress, and have positive effects on Alzheimer’s.
The good news is that you can boost your cognitive potential naturally. How? Read on to find out.
It is said that exercise relates to neurogenesis. Moreover, exercise comes with powerful positive emotional, mental, and physical benefits.
Follow a Healthy and Balanced Diet
If you follow a healthy and balanced diet, you will surely boost the growth of your brain.
Add Turmeric to Your Diet
Make sure to include turmeric in your diet. The turmeric contains curcumin which links with neurogenesis and which raises the neurotrophic factor expression.
Try Intermittent Fasting
It was discovered that intermittent fasting or caloric restriction could make certain brain cells to survive. Brain cells might survive in a satiation where they would die. During the process of fasting, there is another process the name autophagy.
This is a process of cleansing of cells, that improves neuronal and cellular firing.
Include Omega – 3 Fatty Acids
You should know that omega-3 fatty acids, mainly docosahexaenoic acid are beneficial as well. The DHA actually supports the whole process of neurogenesis.
Blueberries link to neurogenesis because of their high content of flavonoids.
Limit Your Sugar Intake
Try to lower your intake of sugar to a minimum. This will not only help in the process of neurogenesis, but it will also be beneficial for your overall health.
Drink Green Tea
Drink green tea every day. Green tea contains the compound EGCG, i.e., epigallocatechin gallate that has been connected to the growth of new brain cells. Moreover, the composition of this tea will boost the growth of new brain cells.
If you try to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes to boost this process, you will undoubtedly have significant health improvements.
The neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret advises on the way to help the cells improve the neurogenesis, and that can boost memory formation, prevent decline related to age, and last but not least improve mood.
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