Conventional wisdom says as we get older, our brain cells start to die off. And that they will NEVER come back.
But we’re also told we shouldn’t worry about it. Because it’s just a “normal” part of aging. As is the memory loss and cognitive decline that can go with it.
Chances are everyone you know, including your own doctor, subscribes to this brain-aging myth.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
- The decline isn’t automatic.
- It DOESN’T have to happen.
- And you CAN slow and even stop it cold.
In fact, if you take the RIGHT steps, you could RESTORE your brainpower, regardless of age.
Putting the brakes on brain decline
Until recently scientists were convinced our brains simply stop growing new cells over time. And that seemed like a logical conclusion.
You see, as the number of candles on your birthday cake grows, the size of your brain shrinks. It happens to all of us.
But some folks lose more brain cells than others. And when they do, it’s a major risk factor for dementia.
But recent research has revealed that your brain is actually capable of growing NEW cells. In fact, it can do it whether you’re in your 60s… 70s… 80s… or beyond.
And that, they say, opens the door to REPLACING those brain cells you lost.
The drug companies, of course, are hoping to cook up a pill you can pop to help stimulate those new cells. But you know how that goes. It could take YEARS.
And IF they ever do manage to crack the code and do it, we’ll likely be facing a combo of side effects AND sticker shock.
5 brain cell stimulating tricks to try
But lucky for us, there are ALREADY ways to encourage brain cell growth. And you don’t need a drug to do it.
Following are five tricks you can try starting today that could help stop the decline and boost brain cell growth.
1. Curcumin: Curcumin is a compound found in the exotic spice turmeric. While the spice lends a beautiful golden color to many Indian dishes, it also has a rare ability. It can CROSS the blood-brain barrier.
Once inside, curcumin can help block inflammation and fight the damage that leads to dementia. Plus, research shows it can stimulate a hormone called BDNF, which helps NEW neurons to form.
2. Apigenin: Apigenin is a common plant compound found in foods like parsley, thyme, chamomile, and red pepper. In 2015, researchers found the extract can help neurons grow and strengthen the connections between them.
3. Fish oil: The omega-3 fatty acids found in a quality fish oil supplement are already proven to help with mood, memory, and more. And in 2014, scientists found that the higher your omega-3s, the fewer brain cells you’ll lose due to aging.
That means increasing your omega-3s could lead to more brain VOLUME and more brain POWER. The effect was equivalent to reversing TWO FULL YEARS of aging.
4. A roll in the hay: It turns out a stimulating love life isn’t only a whole lot of fun. It could help boost your brain-cell production too. An animal study found regular sex stimulates the production of extra cells in the hippocampus area of the brain. So in the name of science, why not go ahead and grab your partner and spend some extra time in bed?
5. Sleep: Speaking of the bedroom, don’t forget to use that bed for its other purpose, too. Good quality sleep is critical for brain function.
A 2017 study found that missing out on shut-eye can cause the internal cleanup system in our heads to go haywire. And instead of just chasing out dead and damaged cells, it can start eating away at EVERYTHING.
In other words, if you don’t shortchange your sleep needs, you could end up with more brain cells.