How to Grow Your Brain from a Neural-Stem Cell Researcher

A fascinating 10 minute talk by a neural stem cell researcher Sandrine Thuret :

You can grow new brain cells. Here’s how

The breakdown is neurogenesis is a lifelong process that can be helped or hindered by what we do in our lives. Increasing neurogenesis improves learning, memory, and mood. Decreasing it impairs them.

Highlights of factors that increase neurogenesis:

  1. Learning
  2. Exercise- running
  3. Diet-
    1. Calorie restriction of 20-30%
    2. Intermittent Fasting
    3. Flavonoids-
      1. Chocolate
      2. Blueberries
    4. Omega-3 fatty acids
    5. Zinc
    6. Cumin
    7. Folic acid
    8. Caffeine
    9. Vitamin E
    10. Vitamin B
  4. Red Wine – resveratrol

Factors that decrease Neurogenesis

  1. Diet
    1. Saturated fats
    2. Sugar
    3. Vitamin E deficiency
    4. Vitamin B Deficiency
    5. Alcohol

Interestingly, healthy neurogenesis is not only related to better learning and memory, but also improved mood.



Making an Old Brain Young

Via Scoop.itMindset

New ways to manipulate neural plasticity–the brain’s ability to rewire itself–could make adult brains as facile as young ones, at least in part. Drugs that target these mechanisms might eventually help treat neurological disorders as diverse as Alzheimer’s, stroke, schizophrenia, and autism. But first scientists will need to figure out how to harness this rewiring capacity without damaging vital neural circuitry.