Natural Supplements To Help Neurogenesis
Sandrine Thuret a neuroscientist, explains how dietary habits are crucial to new neuron growth.
Health practices that help increase neurogenesis include:
- Calorie restriction of 20 to 30 percent
- Intermittent fasting
- Intake of flavonoids, which are contained in dark chocolate or blueberries
- Omega-3 fatty acids, present in fatty fish, like salmon
Having unhealthy dietary habits have a negative impact on neurogenesis, like eating foods rich in high saturated fat and alcohol consumption.
A Stanford University study showed that antioxidants found in green tea, can carry you one step further than the others. “The chemical (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (called EGCG) promotes neurogenesis in the hippocampus (Yoo et al., 2010), and has been shown to reduce the damage from oxidative stress in other studies.”
Some university scientists have researched ways to harness the beneficial effects of diet restriction through resveratrol, a chemical found in red wine. Resveratrol mimics many of the effects of diet restriction, and is thought to work through the same biological pathways (Greenwood and Parasuraman, 2010). For more information check out the Stanford University website.
Vitamins, Nutrients, and Foods that promote Neurogenesis
A Harvard University research study on diet and neurogenesis has investigated the effect of dietary nutrients and supplements on the birth of new neurons. Several antioxidants, such as flavonoids, vitamin E, and curcumin, increase neurogenesis in rodent brains.
Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is a naturally occurring phenolic yellow chemical isolated from the rhizomes of the plant Curcuma longa Linn (turmeric), and is a major component of the spice turmeric. Turmeric has traditionally been used in India for the treatment of diseases associated with injury and inflammation. Taurine is a free amino acid found in many natural food sources, with anti-inflammatory properties. The main decrease in taurine concentration with age may cause reduced neurogenesis. The study assessed the effect of taurine on brain neurogenesis in middle-aged mice. Evidence showed that taurine increased cell production in the brain by activating quiescent stem cells, this resulted in increased number of stem cells and intermediate neural producers. Taurine had a direct effect on stem/progenitor cells production.