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According to a neuroscientist, Sandrine Thuret, everyone can grow new neurons. She offers research as well as practical advice on how to support neurogenesis, increase memory formation, enhance your mood, and reduce your possibility of age-related decline.

Contrary to the popular belief, the human brain can be “fixed,” which means even the lost brain cells could be re-grown.

What Is Neurogenesis?

In fact, there are a number of regions of your brain. Moreover, neurogenesis is actually the process of developing new brain cells. It is mainly active during pre-natal development. However, there are 2 regions of the brain, where neurogenesis has been found to continue into adulthood. Additionally, these 2 parts are called the sub ventricular and the hippocampus.

In 1962 and 1963, Joseph Altman made a groundbreaking discovery in the field of neurogenesis. Namely, his work was greatly overlooked. In the 1990s, the mainstream research started regarding neurogenesis as a possibility and priority. Evidently, memory and learning would be significant related brain functions that could be affected by growing new brain cells.

That’s not all, certain neuronal effects are found in stress regulation and in the beneficial mechanisms of certain antidepressants. Therefore, the process of growing new brain cells may show promise in the areas of Alzheimer’s and depression.

Here Is How to Grow New Brain Cells:

The following methods are inexpensive and do not require any surgery. You should use them to maximize your cognitive potential and support neurogenesis.

– Get regular exercise. Even walking has been associated with increased neurogenesis. A study found that walking for about 45 minutes daily resulted in the growth of new hippocampal tissue.

What’s more, many other studies have shown that exercise could be useful for neurogenesis. This means that it could also decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

– Practice intermittent fasting and/or minimize your consumption of calories. Practicing intermittent fasting and minimizing the total calorie consumption has been found to contribute to brain cell survival. In short, start consuming turmeric, and then practice intermittent fasting or minimize your intake of calories occasionally.

– Consume more blueberries. It is advisable to eat more blueberries because the regular consumption of this food has been connected to improved mood and cognitive function and neurogenesis. The high amount of flavonoids present in blueberries makes them an excellent brain food. Even though you should keep your sugar consumption at minimum, particularly when trying to support neurogenesis, blueberries are an exception since they are low in sugar and offer more benefits compared to other fruits.

– Introduce curcumin in your daily diet. Including curcumin in your diet could help stimulate brain growth. To be more specific, curcumin is the main active ingredient found in the ancient Indian spice turmeric. It has been associated with neurogenesis in animal studies. Moreover, other studies have confirmed that this ingredient could also elevate brain derived neurotrophic factor expression. Additionally, this is quite important as BDNF is crucial to a number of neurologic functions.

– Take a high-quality omega-3 fatty acid supplement or eat wild-caught fish. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is more effective than all other types of omega-3 fatty acids when it comes to supporting neurogenesis. Studies have also proven that DHA could help support neurogenesis. So, you should eat wild-caught fish or take a high-quality omega-3 fatty acid supplement on a regular basis.

– Drink green tea. The regular consumption of green tea has been found to help increase neurogenesis. Namely, the compound called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) present in green tea has been connected to new brain cell growth. Studies have suggested that the EGCG treatment had a positive impact on neurogenesis in adult mice. In other words, consuming green tea or taking an isolated EGCG supplement helps elevate the level of new brain cell growth.

When comparing animal to human studies, ensure that the data is physiologically relevant. This means that you should use dose-relevant amounts. In addition, the EGCG amount that has been examined to be useful is actually obtainable by normal means in humans. Simply a standardized extract of EGCG or several cups of green tea can have beneficial effects on neurogenesis.

The Side Effects of Growing New Brain Cells:

Even though neurogenesis can have a positive impact on your brain health, it is important to understand the realistic outcomes of this process. Experts have pointed out that too much neurogenesis may have the same negative effects compared to too little neurogenesis.

That’s not all, some new neurons born through the process of neurogenesis could die in a period of 14 days. However, many new neurons can actually migrate into the molecular layer.

Also, remember that it could be slightly beneficial to elevate your intake of supplements and foods to help support neurogenesis. However, in case your lifestyle and diet are poor, the above mentioned methods won’t do any benefit.

 

 

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