OLEDA on……. Do Brain Cells Regenerate As Do Other Cells In The Body?
It was once thought that brain cells do not regenerate as do other cells of the body, but more modern science proved that neurons do continue to form in the brain, even into old age.
Memory does begin a decline when we reach our 40’s, but the progression is not as steep as people make of it. Indeed, forgetfulness may be due less to brain cell loss than other influences, such as taking care of the kids, the job, paying the bills, doing chores, everyday living all competing for cognitive time.
To keep your brain young you need to give it lots of varied stimulation and challenges. Like a muscle, it needs to be exercised, to “strain the brain,” so to speak. Repeating the same mental functions over and over, such as playing cards or watching television, doesn’t help slow cognitive deterioration. Mental stimulation is as important for your brain as physical exercise is for your body.
Perhaps the most striking brain research discovery of the last decade is that physical exercise can forestall mental decline. It may even restore memory. Animal studies have shown that aerobic exercise increases capillary development in the brain, increasing blood supply, which carries more oxygen to the brain. But it doesn’t have to be formal exercise at the gym. You can play tennis a couple times a week, ride a bike, or walk a mile each day. If you want to get really serious about it, though, a combined program of aerobics and weight training will produce the best results
Fit people have sharper brains; and people who are out of shape, but then get into shape, sharpen their brains along with their bodies.
Nutrition for a Healthy Brain
Foods that contain antioxidants, which neutralize harmful free radicals, are especially good for your brain. Free radicals break down the neurons in your brain, so the many colorful fruits and vegetables that are packed with antioxidants are good for you in more ways than one.
Too much alcohol has been linked to brain atrophy, because it can cause direct injury to the cells. The good news is that these cells can be rebuilt when people eliminate alcohol from the diet.
Scientists have shown that certain nutrients are essential for human brain function. Serious deficiencies in vitamin B12 and iron, for example, can lead to impaired cognition. Paying careful attention to diet helps protect the brain from developing problems with nerve cell signals that are involved in memory and cognition.
Food with high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) scores are thought to help improve brain function. An ORAC score of around 5,000 units per day can have a significant effect on blood and tissue antioxidant levels.
The following fruits have the highest ORAC scores (numbers are based on 1/2 cup of each):
BLUEBERRIES: 6,500 – BLACK PLUMS: 4,500 – BLACKBERRIES: 3,800 – RASPBERRIES: 3,000
Other fruits and vegetables have good ORAC scores as well, but somewhat less punch. Some food producers place ORAC scores on their products, so you can look for them as you shop.
There is promising evidence that using Ginko Biloba as a dietary supplement enhances memory. It doesn’t have any harmful side effects, but it should be used with caution by those on anticoagulant therapy, or about to undergo some surgical or dental procedures. Drink plenty of water, too. Your brain is about 80 percent liquid and needs to be well hydrated to function well.
Until next time,
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