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Neurogenesis

May 15, 2016

You’re probably thinking what is it?

 

In short Neurogenesis is essentially the birth of new neurons in the brain!

 

For so long it has been considered that the number of neurons we have are fixed and that they do not replicate once the brain reaches maturity. In the 1990’s neurogenesis was observed for the first time in the brains of humans which meant the world of science had to take note and accept that new neurons could indeed be produced!

 

So what does this mean for you?

 

Well, there are a number of behavioral, pharmacological and biochemical factors that impact the neurogenesis process and many of these factors can have a considerable influence of how we function in our everyday lives. Neurogenesis has been shown to occur in the hippocampus, and what makes this finding noteworthy here is that it is this wonderful part of the brain that has a key role in our learning and memory! So if we produce new neurons it can benefit our cognition.

 

Can I help to increase the creation of neurons in my brain?

 

The simple answer here is yes! Quite rightly the question you will follow with is ‘how?’ well you can start with exercise and diet!

 

The list of ingredients below are all known to stimulate neurogenesis and in fact these are all available as extracts so can be easily incorporated into your diet via a pill if the fresh is not possible:

  • Blueberries

  • Omega-3

  • Green tea

  • Curcumin

  • Soy foods

  • Ginseng

  • Ginkgo biloba

  • Quercetin

  • Vitamin E

  • Piperine

  • 5-HTP

  • rhodiola

  • melatonin

  • mulberry

  • red sage

  • lithium

  • goji Berry

  • grape seed extract

  • lotus root

  • apigenin

  • luteolin

 

That is not to say that taking all of these everyday is the answer, everybody is different and so you need to find what works for you. Find out more about the ingredients and the regularity with which taking it is recommended, even small changes in our everyday diets can make a difference. Click on each of the above ingredients to learn more.

 

We know that a diet that promotes brain health also promotes heart health, so a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables is a good place to start!  

 

When it comes to exercise the the key is the type of exercise as well as ensuring you’re getting enough sleep! Exercise is important because our bodies are designed to move and movements actually wakes us up and promotes neurogenesis. Research has shown that its aerobic exercise that’s best for neurogenesis – let’s simplify that to say that its exercise that uses oxygen at a high rate that gives us the best results, like, fast walking, running, cycling, swimming, water running or walking and climbing the stairs. For a long time health professionals have been saying that 10,000 steps a day should be the goal for us all, if you can make that your target through aerobic exercise you will benefit your body and your brain!

 

 

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