Until the 1960s it was believed that the brain can be changed only during childhood development and that by getting older the brain gets its final physical formation. However, research has shown that new pathways are created in the brain, and some already existing paths disappear in view of new experiences, new learning and memories that a person collects.

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How Can You Grow New Brain Cells

Plasticity of the brain or neuroplasticity is a term that explains the ability of the brain to transform and adjust as a result of some new knowledge. At the beginning, the brain has around 2,500 brain pathways; this number increases to as much as 15,000 pathways per neuron in your third year. The average adult, however, has about half that number of synapses.

Through the process of creating new pathways, those who are not used will extinct, as the brain has the capability to acclimatize to a changing environment.

Scientists claim that you can regenerate your brain cells by changing your lifestyle and nutrition. For example, walking or any other physical activity will positively affect your brain and stimulate the tissue of the hippocampus to grow. This type of activity also acts as a prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s incredible how much nutrition affects the brain. The ability to learn, memorize, the stress level, mood depends on what we eat and drink. The slightest change in our diet can provide better ‘feeding’ for the brain and its vitality. To ensure that your brain works well, you must provide different nutrients – both those from plants, proteins, probiotics and good fat.

The fatty acids are of vital importance for your brain. You can find them in various types of fish such as salmon or mackerel. The brain relies on lipids, fatty acids that create healthy cell membranes, and the consumption of foods rich in fatty acids helps to stimulate the lipid function. At the same time, it postpones the decline of cognitive abilities and encourages memorization and learning. Some scientists claim that our ancestors had a healthier brain just because they had more healthy fats in the diet.

So, increase your omega 3 fat intake by choosing wildly caught fish or fish that isn’t fed with antibiotics and other harmful substances.

Blueberries also have a great impact on your brain. One study done on blueberries shown blueberries stimulate the circulation of capillaries in the brain, ensuring maximum nutrient and oxygen supply, which improves cognitive function, prevents and treats dementia symptoms, slows Alzheimer’s disease, increases memory, concentration, and intelligence.

Green tea is a way to go for your brain. Drinking green tea can improve brain function and positively affect brain parts associated with memory. Epigallocatechin (EGCG) from green tea dissolves amyloids (protein-like abnormal substances) that attack healthy brain cells. That is why doctors believe that EGCG will be the basis of future drugs against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease.

You should reduce your sugar intake and help the brain to work longer and better. You will do a lot by if you avoid eating sweets, fruit juices, and processed foods. Also watch out for ‘hidden sugar’, which is found in almost everything – from fatty yogurt to instant soup of tomato. However, a healthy diet does not have to be tasteless. Even if you eat 70 percent of the time healthy (and 30 percent ‘not so healthy ‘), you already did a lot for your brain health.

After you found out that you can save the brain cells after all, how do you feel? Positive? Puzzled?  We certainly feel very hopeful.

Watch this interesting video that explains how to regenerate your brain cells:

Reference: You Can Grow New Brain Cells, Regardless of Age. Here’s How
Green tea chemical combined with another may hold promise for treatment of brain disorders
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