How to Increase Neurogenesis Naturally

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Definition: Neurogenesis refers to the birth of neurons and is the process by which neurons are generated from neural stem cells and progenitor cells.

Until recently it was assumed that neurons could not regenerate and humans were born with a certain set of neurons that died off through time. This long held belief has been definitively overturned and the ramifications for human health are extremely important.

Proof of neurogenesis surfaced in 1998 in the journal Nature Medicine and has since been confirmed by numerous studies. According to the study in Nature Medicine, “Our results further indicate that the human hippocampus retains its ability to generate neurons throughout life.” Unfortunately, media outlets have largely ignored this fascinating news and the knowledge that the human brain and nervous system can produce new neuronal cells has remained relegated to those “in the know.” It is high time for this information to be made public so that we can be empowered to take action in restoring the health of our brain and nervous system.

Board-certified neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D has been on the forefront of brain research and has this to say about neurogenesis,

  • Within each of our brains there exists a population of neural stem cells which are continually replenished and can differentiate into brain neurons. Simply stated, we are all experiencing brain stem cell therapy every moment of our lives.

How to Increase Neurogenesis Naturally

Along with the fascinating discovery of endogenous (originating within the body) neurogenesis has also come the discovery of exogenous (originating outside the body) methods of stimulating neurogenesis. One of the most interesting exogenous methods to us here at Restorative Remedies is through certain foods, herbs, and lifestyle practices, such as the ones listed below.

1. Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium Erinaceus) – Selected Research

Nerve growth factor-inducing activity of Hericium erinaceus in 1321N1 human astrocytoma cells.

In the present study, we firstly examined the effects of ethanol extracts of four edible mushrooms, Hericium erinaceus (Yamabushitake), Pleurotus eryngii (Eringi), Grifola frondosa (Maitake), and Agaricus blazei (Himematsutake), on nerve growth factor (NGF) gene expression in 1321N1 human astrocytoma cells. Among the four mushroom extracts, only H. erinaceus extract promoted NGF mRNA expression in a concentration-dependent manner. In conclusion, H. erinaceus contains active compounds that stimulate NGF synthesis via activation of the JNK pathway. See Study

2. Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) – Selected Research

Neuritogenic effect of standardized extract of Centella asiatica ECa233 on human neuroblastoma cells.

In order to gain insight into neuroprotective effects of ECa 233, a standardized extract of Centella asiatica, previously demonstrated in animal models of memory impairment induced by transient global ischemia or intracerebroventricular injection of β-amyloid, the effect of ECa 233 on neurite outgrowth of human IMR-32 neuroblastoma cell line was investigated. The present study clearly demonstrated neurite outgrowth promoting activity of ECa 233. ERK1/2 and Akt signaling pathways seemed to account for the neurotrophic effect observed. In conjunction with in vivo neuroprotective effect of ECa 233 previously reported, the results obtained support further development of ECa 233 for clinical use in neuronal injury or neurodegenerative diseases. See Study

3. Feed the Brain with DHA and B12

Vital nutrients such as the long chain fat DHA (found in algae and fish oils) and B12 (found in animal products and can be cultured in yeast mediums) are two of the most important nutrients for supporting brain health and setting the foundation for neurogenesis to occur.

4. Minimize Exposure to Neurotoxins such as Heavy Metals and Pesticides

While we can’t completely avoid harmful compounds from the environment, we can limit our exposure to them. Eating as much of our diet as organic foods is a great step to avoid pesticide consumption and being mindful of heavy metal rich foods like large fish is another important lifestyle choice for keeping our body clean.

The Time to Take Action is Now!

Now that you know that neurogenesis exists, and how to increase neurogenesis naturally, it is time to take action. Don’t wait until you have symptoms! The premise behind our company Restorative Remedies is to inspire you to take preventative actions so that you maintain your health for a lifetime!

Okay ready to get started? Go get some high quality organic lion’s mane mushroom, gotu kola, algae, wild caught smaller fish, and make sure you are getting enough B12.

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