If you’ve ever experienced butterflies in your stomach before a speech, you knew the sensation didn’t result from a lost monarch. But this common experience—your gut seeming to act out your brain’s anxiety—is an everyday example of fascinating new research into the interconnected worlds inside us.
While your stomach doesn’t contain butterflies, there are tiny organisms in there that are engaged in a conversation with your brain about that stress you’re experiencing. These organisms and their home could be far more powerful than we’ve realized, according to a burst of new studies. Many of the tens of trillions of organisms in your gut, or gastrointestinal tract, can help maintain good digestion and health . But some of them are not so cooperative: When they take over, they wreak havoc. That might mean you get food poisoning or make more bathroom trips than you’d like—but some might have bigger implications. These nasty bugs could be sending the brain signals connected to brain-related disorders including anxiety and Alzheimer’s disease .
So, is your gut the key to a healthy brain? Here’s what you need to know about the gut-brain connection. What is the gut microbiome?
With the help of everyday people, University of California San Diego researchers have uncovered new facets of the worlds within us. As part of the American Gut Project , more than 10,000 people from around the world mailed in their poop (yep). Scientists analyzed it to understand how organisms inside us—our microbiomes—interact with diet, lifestyle, and disease.
Learn more about the powerful gut-brain connection in a free webinar on June 9 , moderated by Joan Lunden and hosted by Prevention , HealthyWomen , and the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement at Cleveland Clinic .
You may remember the word “biome” from biology class—a habitat such as desert or grassland, designated based on local climate and plant life. Our bodies contain their own worlds, unique habitats of trillions of wee beasties—viruses, fungi, bacteria, and other microorganisms living on us and inside us. In humans, microbes gather in these worlds on the skin, in the nose , and in the gastrointestinal tract (a.k.a. the gut). Over the past 20 years, experts have refined techniques to “fingerprint” the gut’s cast of microbes through sequencing DNA, says Ami Bhatt, M.D., Ph.D. , an associate professor of medicine and genetics at Stanford University.
You’ve had a microbiome since the day you were born, and it’s been evolving and growing with you. On your ride through the birth canal, your gut filled with a wide cast of microorganisms passed along by your mom. Then skin-to-skin contact, first foods, infections (and antibiotics), and all those germy toys changed your microbiome. Each new interaction, from childhood on, brings in guest stars, removes old standbys, and casts long-term recurring roles— your gut’s world is constantly in flux.
Animal and human research has found that the gut microbiome can be influenced by environmental factors such as chronic stress, artificial sweeteners, pesticides, disinfection, and ultrafine particles in polluted air. You can pick up new gut bacteria from your pet or a bad meal, Dr. Bhatt notes. Ultimately, microbial worlds wholly unique to you inhabit your body.
Helpful gut microorganisms have processes for breaking down foods and turning them into ingredients our bodies use. They develop the immune system, block pathogens, synthesize vitamins , and more. How the gut talks to the brain
In the past, you’ve probably lost your appetite because of stress or sadness—or falling in love. Maybe you’ve “followed your gut” or made a “gut decision.” These familiar terms and experiences clue us in to why some researchers are now calling the gut our “second brain” and saying bacteria may be the “master puppeteers” of our brains.
Scientists aren’t sure yet how the gut’s microbiome influences the brain—but it seems to be a fascinating two-way relationship. For example, among middle-aged adults, a more diverse microbiome was associated with better performance on cognitive tests . Various theories posit that the gut produces molecules that signal the brain via the bloodstream or the enteric nervous system . For example, specific gut bacteria can detect and increase the production of serotonin, which is associated with feelings of contentment. In fact, 90% of the body’s serotonin is made right in the gut . Another kind of bacteria commonly found in the human gut, Lactobacillus rhamnosus , actually contains a neurotransmitter that can help calm anxiety . Other bacteria may influence our social behavior and interactions and our responses to stress.
“It’s a two-way street of feedback loops” between the gut and the brain, says researcher Laura Cox, Ph.D. , a Harvard assistant professor seeking to understand how the microbiome can affect the brain in aging. What happens in the brain when gut bugs go bad
Sometimes unhelpful critters stage a takeover of the gut. This overpopulation can lead to gut dysbiosis , a negative imbalance that seems to cause static in the body’s communication lines and influence the brain’s everyday work. For example, gut dysbiosis is associated with depressive-like behaviors. In an animal study, transferring a mood-disordered animal’s gut bacteria into a healthy animal led to depressive symptoms for the formerly well animal, says Smita Patel, D.O., a neurologist and sleep specialist at iNeuro Institute . Other research is investigating the links between the gut microbiome and ADHD , autism spectrum disorders , anxiety , and stress . Unhelpful gut microbes may create irritants to the immune system that travel through the bloodstream and influence the brain’s immune cells. For example, the guts of Alzheimer’s disease patients show a lack of diversity compared with those of similar adults and are often overpopulated with a specific microbe. This microbe may impair immune functions related to clearing a plaque built upon the brain’s structures that is related to Alzheimer’s symptoms . Sex-based differences come into play as well, says Cox. The gut microbiota can regulate levels of hormones, including estrogen. When gut dysbiosis sets in, estrogen levels can change, possibly influencing cognitive decline.
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A new study has revealed an important way in which sleep helps the brain process emotions for the next day, and while the findings were discovered in mice, they could also help us solve some of the mysteries of human sleep.
The role of sleep in brain function is still very much an enigma, but there is overwhelming evidence that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep helps humans consolidate their emotional memories.
But how that actually plays out in the brain is something scientists are still investigating.
The prefrontal cortex is a part of the brain that is heavily involved in emotional processing, and yet during REM sleep, some of its neurons, known as pyramidal neurons, are strangely quiet .
That might sound paradoxical at first. After all, how is this part of the brain helping us control our emotions during sleep if it’s not being active when we’re actually getting some shut-eye?
As it turns out, silence is also a powerful tool. Research on sleeping and awake mice suggests the quieting of the prefrontal cortex during REM sleep helps the whole system reset.
The findings are consistent with other recent studies that suggest sleep keeps neuronal activity under control.
Without proper REM sleep, networks in the brain can become ‘oversaturated’ with emotional messages, like fear, making it harder to determine important signals from background noise. When awake, this can lead a mouse to act overly fearful or not fearful enough.
When active and awake, neurons in the brain receive messages from their ‘arms’ (aka their dendrites). These messages are then conveyed to the body of the neuron (aka the soma), which is responsible for propagating messages to other neurons.
During REM sleep, however, neurons in the prefrontal cortex of mice appear to behave differently. The dendrites show increased activity, but the soma shows decreased activity.
“This means a decoupling of the two cellular compartments, in other words soma wide asleep and dendrites wide awake,” explains neurologist Antoine Adamantidis from the University of Bern in Switzerland.
In simple terms, this decoupling means that neurons are processing information they have already received, but not sending messages on.
With the body of the neuron no longer sending off as many messages, the arms of the neuron have time to consolidate the information they have already received, essentially ‘learning’ which incoming messages should be sent off and which should not.
This allows the brain to better respond to environmental changes the next day, allowing animals to discriminate between danger and safety with greater effect.
When the activity of dendrites were inhibited during REM sleep, mice in the study lost their ability to discriminate between audio cues associated with danger and safety.
Meanwhile, when the soma was not effectively silenced during REM sleep, mice became more attuned to danger signals overall.
“This may result in overconsolidation of emotional memories observed in post-traumatic stress disorders and other affective psychiatric and mood disorders often associated with REM sleep disturbances,” the authors suggest .
The mechanism has not yet been observed in human neurons, but the findings could help scientists better understand why conditions like post traumatic stress disorder and sleep disturbance are so closely linked .
The study was published in Science .
( Natural News ) A 12-week randomized controlled trial published in Nutrition Journal found significant improvements in the mental health scores of participants who took turmeric capsules.
For the study, the researchers invited 90 men and women between ages 50 to 69 years old, who are considered overweight based on their body mass index (BMI). The participants were divided into two groups.
The turmeric extract group took two capsules daily for 12 weeks. Prepared by the House of Wellness Foods, the capsules contained a mixture of hot water and supercritical carbon dioxide extract with turmeric as well as gelatin, glycerin, soybean-derived emulsifier and beeswax . The other group took two placebo capsules containing carob and tartrazine as coloring agents to match the color of the turmeric capsules.
The participants reported to the institute on the fourth, eighth and 12th week to have their weight, BMI and C-reactive protein measured. They also answered questionnaires on their mood states and quality of life.
“Compared with the placebo group, body weight, body mass index and serum levels of C-reactive protein and the complement component were significantly lower in the group that took the turmeric capsules. In addition, the turmeric extract group showed a significant improvement in the SF-36 (the 36-item short-form health survey) subscale score for mental health and the profile of mode state score for anger and hostility,” the researchers involved in the study wrote.
The researchers concluded that turmeric extract may improve mental health by reducing low-grade inflammation and alleviating undesirable symptoms related to inflammation. Low-grade inflammation is related to aging, obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle. This can also be associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease , mood disturbance, cancer and mortality. “Results suggest that daily intake of a mixture of a hot water extract and supercritical carbon dioxide extract of turmeric may have the potential to improve mental health and negative mood state by reducing chronic low-grade inflammation,” the researchers wrote.
The study was conducted in Japan by the House of Wellness Foods Corporation’s Research & Development Institute. Turmeric: One of the most studied spices in the world
Turmeric is a golden spice that comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and one of the most studied spices in the world. Dozens of research have long established that turmeric has some amazing medicinal properties , with major benefits to the heart and brain.
It is anti-inflammatory and recommended by many herbalists and naturopaths for people suffering from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease. (Related: The six health benefits of turmeric .)
Turmeric also has natural antibiotic and antiviral properties . Consuming foods or beverages with turmeric is a good way to go if someone is suffering from the flu or an infection. Turmeric has compounds that can naturally help kill off both bacteria and viruses and help the body recover more quickly from microbial attacks.
Curcumin , one of the main active ingredients in turmeric, has been shown in several studies to help prevent or treat different types of cancer, including melanoma ands cancers of the breast or prostate gland.
The liver is one of the most important organs in the body, helping with digestion, blood sugar balance and the removal of waste products before they can harm the body. Turmeric helps detoxify the liver before it becomes compromised.
This golden spice can be easily incorporated into any diet and be added to a lot of recipes. With just a pinch of the powder, one can enjoy the difference it makes to the taste of curries, stir-fries, casseroles and even smoothies.
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( Natural News ) Following a balanced diet is important for your overall well-being. And according to several studies, consuming foods rich in the trace element boron can help protect you from certain types of cancer . How does boron protect you from cancer?
Boron is a trace mineral that naturally occurs in different plant foods. It is a structural component of plant cell walls and has a role in seed formation, pollination and plant growth.
Several studies have shown that boron acts as a potent cancer-fighting agent.
Many studies have been conducted in Turkey due to the country’s unusually low incidence of cervical cancer . Researchers believe that is partly due to Turkey’s boron-rich soil.
According to studies on women living in boron-rich and boron-poor areas, there is a lower incidence of cervical cancer among the former compared to the latter.
Data suggests that boron affects the life cycle of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This is important because HPV is a primary factor in 95 percent of cervical cancer cases.
In a study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center from 1995 through 2005, findings revealed that postmenopausal women undergoing hormone replacement therapy enjoyed a reduced risk of lung cancer after increasing their boron intake.
Data from various studies have identified boron as a crucial component in reducing the spread and growth of prostate cancer cells.
One study revealed that mice with prostate cancer tumors experienced up to 38 percent shrinkage of their tumors when exposed to boron . The trace mineral is also associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. Other health benefits of boron
Calcium loss is an issue that plagues women, especially as they age. Studies in humans and animals have revealed an important link between bone health and boron.
These studies have shown that boron benefits bones in many ways: Boron can help prevents bone demineralization.
Boron relieves bone problems linked with vitamin D and magnesium deficiency.
Boron helps prevent calcium loss.
Boron improves and maintains bone density.
Boron helps boost bone strength.
Studies have also shown that boron offers these amazing health benefits: Boron boosts magnesium absorption.
Boron helps improve your body’s use of estrogen, testosterone and vitamin D.
Boron helps improve wound healing.
Boron may help decrease the adverse side effects caused by chemotherapy.
Boron raises levels of catalyst, glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and other antioxidant enzymes.
Boron can help lower levels of C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a) and other inflammatory biomarkers.
Boron aids in the activity and formation of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e) and other key biomolecules.
Boron helps improve the electrical activity within your brain, which may benefit improved short-term memory among elderly patients. The trace element can also help boost cognitive performance. Boron offers protective benefits against heavy metal toxicity and oxidative stress caused by pesticides. Incorporating boron into a balanced diet Some plants contain boron. You can also boost your intake by taking boron supplements. (Related: Research shows fish oil supplements boost the effectiveness of cancer treatments .)Fruits, legumes, tubers and other plant foods are full of important trace minerals like boron.Below are the top ten sources of boron: 1 cup prune juice – 1.43 mg 1/2 cup avocado – 1.07 mg 1.5 oz. raisins – .95 mg 1 medium peach – .80 mg 1 cup grape juice – 0 .76 mg 1 medium apple – .66 mg 1 medium pear – .50 mg 1 oz. roasted and salted peanuts – .48 mg 1/2 cup refried beans – .48 mg 2 tablespoons peanut butter – .46 mg Drinking prune juice can help boost your digestive health . Meanwhile, avocados are full of healthy fats and dietary fiber. Additionally, avocados are rich in nutrients like copper, folate and vitamin K.There is still not enough data available for the Food and Nutrition Board to determine a recommended daily allowance for boron. But according to the World Health Organization , adults can safely take one to 13 mg of boron daily.Visit Superfoods.news to learn more about other foods that contain cancer-fighting agents.Watch the video below to know more about the health benefits of supplementing with boron . No compatible source was found for this media.This video is from the Holistic Herbalist channel on Brighteon.com . More related stories: Jingfukang: The TCM herbal medicine that stops lung cancer in its tracks . TCM herbal formula makes resistant cancer cells susceptible to effective treatments . Animal drug fenbendazole shows promise in treating parasites, cancer in humans . Sources include: NaturalHealth365.com
May 13, 2022 – A literature review in Harvard Review of Psychiatry indicates that, while transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) has rarely been used in treating visual hallucinations (VH) among patients with psychiatric disorder s, recent advances in neuroimaging technology show promise in helping tES to more effectively treat VH in psychiatric disorders where VH are a core symptom. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer .
tES is a non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) technique that delivers a weak direct or alternating electric current via electrodes placed on the scalp. Nowadays, modern tES devices are equipped with smaller electrodes that can be affixed to more spots on the cranium and provide a more targeted approach to neural network manipulation, enhancing reliability and reproducibility. “Neuroimaging advances, clinical neuroscience developments such as the identification of brain regions causally involved in VH, and personalized NIBS approaches that improve anatomical targeting” may provide a sound foundation for subsequent research on using VH, according to Paulo Lizano, MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in a Perspectives article published in the May/June issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry .
More accurate anatomical measurements lead to better targeting of brain areas that impact visual function.
Although tES has been shown to improve anxiety and bipolar depression, as well as auditory hallucinations and cognition in schizophrenia, few tES trials on VH have been performed with psychiatric populations or with patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, stroke, brain tumors, seizures, or migraines. Currently, antipsychotic, anti-serotonergic, or anti-cholinergic medications are the most common form of treatment for VH in many neuropsychiatric disorders, but there are often not sufficient for targeting VH symptoms.
One case study that Lizano and his co-authors identified during their review as relevant to informing future research involves a 26-year-old female with a ten-year history of recurrent major depressive episodes who experienced daily complex, burdensome VH. After receiving twice-daily transcranial direction current stimulation (tDCS), a form of tES, for five days, she no longer experienced continuous VH, and the most intrusive hallucinations no longer occurred. A 31-year-old male with schizophrenia experiencing refractory VH underwent a three-week tDCS regimen, resulting in a 29% reduction in general, 38% reduction in positive, and 27% reduction in negative, symptoms. However, a clinical trial of Lewy body dementia patients who were treated with tDCS over a four-day period exhibited no reduction in the severity of duration of VH. It’s important to note that large-scale clinical trials have yet to be conducted in patients experiencing VH.
Despite the dearth of studies in the literature, recent advances in neuroimaging technology suggest that future studies can implicate a causal relationship between tES and VH treatment. Improvements in scalp-based targeting offers potential for application in NIBS trials involving VH. Lesion network mapping (LNM) studies that specifically identify targets to the visual cortex may also help.
In addition, individualized modeling techniques and advanced electrical field modeling, though still in their infancy, are a logical next step for larger tES investigations targeting brain regions implicating VH in psychiatric patients. Other promising tES techniques include modulating the retina or optic nerve.
These techniques, combined with meaningful clinical interviews and simulations of behavioral, sensory, and cognitive tasks, can create a “unique multimodal neuroimaging-NIBS approach” to anatomical targeting that can improve how researchers influence visual activity and deliver more effective treatment for psychiatric patients with visual hallucinations.
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( Natural News ) It is estimated that more than 4.5 billion people worldwide have now been “vaccinated” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19). Many of them now suffer from “long” covid, however, which could be due to the persistent damage caused by the spike proteins contained in (viral vector) and produced by (mRNA) the jabs.
Also known as the S protein, covid jab spike proteins do a whole lot more harm than just bind to the body’s ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) receptors, allowing the virus to invade cells. It turns out that covid jab spike proteins interact with many other cellular tissues, including in the lungs, mitochondria and cardiovascular system.
This assault causes all kinds of health damage to the many intricate and complex systems of the body. And in the case of messenger RNA injections (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), the spike proteins continue to be manufactured inside the body long after the initial jabs.
We now know for a fact that jab spike proteins:
• Damage the lung cells (including the pulmonary alveoli and pulmonary endothelial cells)
• Damage the mitochondria and DNA structures
• Damage cardiovascular cells
• Increase the risk of blood clots
• Damage brain cells
• Promote inflammation
• Suppress immunity
• Increase the risk of cancer
A 2021 paper published in the bioRxiv preprint repository found that spike proteins cause the Type 1 catalytic receptors in the kidneys to increase in kidney cell tissue, making the kidneys more susceptible to the Fauci Flu.
Spike proteins also cause cells in the small intestine to stimulate large amounts of L-SIGN (liver / lymph node-specific intracellular adhesion molecules-3 grabbing non-integrin) receptors, which defend against pathogens. The problem with this is that after a large number of adhesions occur, the small intestine becomes more susceptible to viral infection. Similarly, spike proteins trigger an increase in DC-SIGN (Dendritic Cell-Specific Intercellular adhesion molecule-3-Grabbing Non-integrin) receptors in the lungs, which can trigger inflammatory symptoms in the lungs.
“In addition, spike proteins can cause different degrees of oxidation of the organs, leading to more cells’ premature deaths and putting the body in a hyperoxidized state, which may further increase the risk of cancer,” reports The Epoch Times .
Another study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) found that spike proteins negatively impact lung functionality by causing the pulmonary alveolar cell walls to thicken and solidify. They also inhibit the pulmonary cell mitochondria, which is where energy is produced.
Prolonged covid symptoms could actually be the spike proteins damaging mitochondria and blocking their energy production. The result is a cascade of abnormalities and health problems that vary from person to person.
Perhaps the biggest fear is cardiovascular damage, the risk of which is greatly increased by the presence of spike proteins. The risk of blood clots increases massively following exposure to them, hence why many “fully vaccinated” people are developing conditions like myocarditis and pericarditis. Here’s how to protect yourself against spike protein damage
If you or someone you know got “vaccinated” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) and now regret it, all hope is not lost. The following vitamins and herbs have been scientifically shown to help neutralize spike proteins and the damage they inflict on the body.
The World Council for Health (WCH) recommends the following immune-boosting compounds, which may help to expel vaccine spike proteins while improving the symptoms they cause:
Omega 3 fatty acids
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a powerful anti-inflammatory that further helps protect the body against spike protein damage.
Consuming a low-histamine diet will also help to prevent the immune system from overreacting and harming the body more, a situation known as a cytokine storm.
Common medications that can help improve symptoms include:
Mast cell stabilizers IvermectinAspirin helps to thin the blood, reducing the risk of thrombus and the ever-dreaded Fauci Flu shot blood clots that many people are suffering.Antihistamines, in a similar way to NAC, prevent over-activation of the immune system while the others help to minimize inflammation.Ivermectin, by the way, is a powerful remedy for a variety of health conditions, including cancer. For many, it also rids the body of the Fauci Flu.In the plant kingdom, the following substances are spike protein inhibitors:Selfheal extract Pine needle extract Dandelion leaf extract Rheum emodimNeem is another spike protein inhibitor, as is ivermectin.As for spike protein neutralizers , the following herbs and substances show incredible promise in remediating the damage caused by the injections:NAC Glutathione Fennel tea Anise tea Pine needle tea St. John’s Wort Lithospermum Vitamin C“Some of these ingredients, such as the shikimic acid contained in pine needles, have antioxidant properties that can reduce oxidized free radicals in the body and provide a detoxifying effect,” reports The Epoch Times .More of the latest news about the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) can be found at Pandemic.news . Sources for this article include: TheEpochTimes.com
( Natural News ) Eating a balanced diet is key to maintaining optimal health. According to David Sinclair, a longevity expert and Harvard geneticist, superfoods like avocados and blueberries can increase your life expectancy.
Aside from exercising regularly and supporting your mental health, incorporating nutritious foods into your regular diet can help you stay healthy and live longer.
Below are six items at the top of Sinclair’s “ longevity-minded grocery list .” Avocados
Avocados rank number one because they are full of healthy monounsaturated fat and dietary fiber, which can help you feel full for longer.
Avocados are also rich in other nutrients like carotenoids, minerals, omega-3s, phytosterols, polyphenols, protein, soluble fiber and vitamins B-complex, C, E and K. These benefits work together to support your brain, eye and heart health by balancing your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Here are some suggestions on how to eat more avocado : Make scrambled eggs with diced avocados.
Season avocados with a pinch of salt and pepper along with other seasonings like cayenne pepper or paprika.
Serve avocadoes stuffed with eggs, herbs and spices.
Eat avocados with your breakfast toast.
Make homemade guacamole with avocados, herbs and seasonings.
Olive oil is second on Sinclair’s list because it is a natural source of healthy fats. You can enjoy high-quality olive oil as a dip for bread or gluten-free bread.
Olive oil is rich in beneficial antioxidants, phytosterols and vitamins that can help boost skin and brain health. It also helps optimize cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
According to a recent study, there is a link between olive oil intake and increased longevity. Brussels sprouts
Third on Sinclair’s list are Brussels sprouts , especially when roasted and pan-fried with some garlic, salt and pepper.
Brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables full of vitamins A, C and K and folate. The vegetable also contains minerals like potassium and fiber that promotes feelings of satiety.
Brussels sprouts support cell and immune health because it contains antioxidants like kaempferol and quercetin, respectively. (Related: Broccoli is a powerful anti-aging food that you should be eating every day .) Cantaloupe
Cantaloupes rank fourth on the list, and according to Sinclair, they are one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet.
Their orange color comes from the carotenoid beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A. The vitamin offers many benefits, such as promoting eye, skin and reproductive health. Blueberries
Blueberries rank fifth on Sinclair’s list of must-have superfoods.
Blueberries are full of beneficial antioxidants that promote healthy skin and collagen production thanks to their vitamin C content. They are also full of dietary fiber, which helps maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Blueberries are rich in anthocyanins that give them their blue-purple pigment and play a crucial role in brain and overall health. According to studies, there is a link between anthocyanins and healthy aging. Nuts
Nuts like cashews and Brazil nuts are sixth on the list. They contain high amounts of protein, with 5.1 grams per ounce of cashews and four grams per ounce of Brazil nuts.
Cashews also contain copper and magnesium, while Brazil nuts are rich in selenium. However, you should limit your consumption of Brazil nuts to one to three pieces per day to avoid consuming too much of the mineral.
Nuts are also full of “good” fats like omega-3s and omega-6s.
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( Natural News ) A study found that a phytochemical in apple peels promotes the growth of new neurons . This is an important finding because the human brain becomes more susceptible to various health problems with age.
The elderly are susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease , a debilitating condition that can eventually turn a loved one into a stranger. Alzheimer’s can make you forgetful, and it can drastically change your personality to the point where it negatively affects your quality of life.
Fortunately, researchers are learning more about the factors that put people at risk of Alzheimer’s, as well as the healthy habits that can promote brain health. Quercetin and neurogenesis
According to the results of a collaborative study between researchers from the University of Queensland and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (GCND), a phytochemical in apple peels called quercetin can promote neurogenesis, or the growth of new neurons. The study was published in Stem Cell Reports.
The researchers reported that while the compound didn’t make the brain grow neurons at high concentrations, it was pro-neurogenic at low concentrations . This means supplementation with quercetin led to the creation of new neurons, specifically in the hippocampus.
The hippocampus is part of the limbic system where behavioral and emotional responses are generated. These responses are essential for survival and include feeding, the fight-or-flight response, reproduction and caring for babies. Other parts of the limbic system include the amygdala, basal ganglia, hypothalamus and thalamus. The hippocampus has an important role in memory consolidation, coding and learning. It also helps form a cognitive map, which is related to your ability to acquire new knowledge, store it and recall it later.
The hippocampus is also the area of the brain first damaged by the plaques and tangled fibers associated with Alzheimer’s. In 2020, there were an estimated 5.8 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and almost two-thirds were women.
According to health experts, the population of people older than 65 continues to grow. At the same time, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is also rapidly increasing. By 2050, experts estimate that at least 13.8 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s. How quercetin stimulates neurogenic growth
In the study, researchers analyzed how quercetin, a flavonol found in apple peels, can trigger neuron growth. Flavonols are plant pigments that give fruit and vegetables their bright colors.
The researchers reported that some plant compounds are vital for maintaining cognitive function because they help grow new neurons. Through neurogenesis, the brain can reshape and grow itself, which is essential for optimal cognitive agility. The researchers said they chose apples because they are widely available.
For the study, the researchers first analyzed quercetin, the most abundant flavonoid in apple peel. In the second half of the study, the researchers conducted an in vivo study using an animal model.
Data analysis revealed that apple peels contained compounds that help promote neurogenesis. Quercetin from the peel and another active compound from apple flesh, 3,5-Dihydroxybenzoic acid (DHBA), were found to increase precursor cell proliferation and neurogenesis.
The researchers measured the effect of these compounds on neural precursor cells or stem cells that can generate neural cell types within the brain. Results showed that the compounds had similar effects to those observed in earlier studies for other plant compounds like resveratrol and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is found in green tea .
The researchers also found that the stem cells generated in the brain of mice were protected and exhibited more neurogenesis when quercetin and DHBA were added to the cell cultures. In addition, they found that structures in the brain associated with learning and memory had more neurons when the mice were given either quercetin or DHBA. (Related: Making healthy lifestyle choices can prevent the onset of dementia .) Other ways to boost brain health
While researchers continue to study the benefits of quercetin on neurogenesis , here are other ways to boost your brain health.
Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant and a naturally occurring carotenoid. It is responsible for the pink or red color found in seafood like lobster, salmon and trout.
Often called the “king of antioxidants,” astaxanthin is derived from the microscopic algae haematococcus that produce it as a protective mechanism to shield it from ultraviolet (UV) light. Once consumed, it helps protect you from reactive oxygen species and oxidation that are linked to aging like Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and Parkinson’s disease.
In a review of scientific literature, researchers identified several pathways astaxanthin may take to help slow brain aging. Findings also suggest that astaxanthin can boost BDNF levels and reduce oxidative damage to DNA, lipids and proteins.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats found in fatty fish that help protect the brain. Omega-3s are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids that include EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
These nutrients are crucial for cell membrane health and have an anti-inflammatory role in the body. DHA is needed for brain health because it is an important structural component found in high levels in neurons.
Low levels of DHA were associated with both memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Research also found that brain diseases may potentially be reversible when sufficient DHA is provided.
To optimize brain health, eat wild-caught Alaskan salmon , krill oil or other safe fish like sardines, to meet these nutritional requirements.
Avoid processed food
Following a balanced diet and avoiding processed foods and sugar can also help boost brain health.Eating high-sugar foods regularly was found to increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to a 60 percent higher risk for any type of dementia.According to a study, even without a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes volunteers with higher blood sugar levels had lower hippocampal volume and people with higher hemoglobin A1c and glucose measurements had significantly lower scores on memory testing. Avoid drinking alcohol Managing your alcohol intake or avoiding alcohol altogether can also help boost brain health since chronic excessive alcohol consumption is often linked to dysfunction of neuronal dysfunction and brain damage.Even moderate alcohol consumption can reduce brain volume.In a […]
( Natural News ) Juicing is a great way to improve your overall health, especially if you’re looking for a quick and convenient way to boost your nutrient intake. But if you’re new to juicing, it can be rather difficult to choose which vegetables to use when making a green juice.
Below are eight of the most nutritious vegetables that you can use to make a refreshing green juice. Beets
The most common beets are royal maroon, but you can also find white or yellow beets. The beetroot is the taproot of the beet plant, and it offers many health benefits when juiced.
Beets are full of nutrients like folate and manganese. They’re also rich in nitrates that can help boost brain health, athletic performance and blood pressure.
In a 2019 randomized controlled trial published in the journal Nutrients , researchers observed the results of acute supplementation with nitrate-rich beet juice in 13 younger and 11 older adults. The volunteers consumed 150 milliliters of beetroot juice before walking for 30 minutes on a treadmill.
According to the results, both groups showed improvements. However, there were significant reductions in diastolic blood pressure among older adults.
These findings suggest that acute beetroot supplementation could help boost cardiovascular health in older adults .
Aside from the taproot of beets, you can also juice the leafy greens or beet greens, which are also full of many beneficial nutrients. Broccoli
Broccoli is a superfood powerhouse. This cruciferous vegetable is full of antioxidants and various nutrients, such as potassium and vitamins A, B6 and C. Additionally, broccoli contains kaempferol, a flavonoid antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals and prevent diseases linked to inflammation. Data from a study published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology revealed that kaempferol has neuroprotective properties that can help combat conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety disorders, glioblastoma, neuropathic pain and Parkinson’s disease. The flavonoid promotes a beneficial anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect.
Reap these neuroprotective benefits by adding broccoli to your green juice. (Related: Quench your thirst in the healthiest way possible by juicing these 9 vegetables .) Cabbage
Cabbage is a hydrating vegetable and it contains many essential nutrients like folate, manganese, and vitamins B6, C and K.
Classified as a cruciferous vegetable, a 2020 study published in Frontiers in Nutrition has found that cabbage can help reduce the risk of inflammation, diabetes and heart disease. Carrots
Carrots are low-calorie and naturally sweet. They’re also full of nutrients like biotin, potassium and vitamin A.
Carrots are popular for their high carotenoid content, which includes alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein. Data from a 2021 review published in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry revealed that these compounds act as antioxidants in your body and help reduce oxidative stress.
Carotenoids in carrots also help reduce your risk of certain cancers , diabetes, eye disease and heart disease.
Add carrots if you prefer veggie juice that’s naturally sweet and not too saccharine. Carrot also complements other juiced fruits and vegetables like beets, citrus and ginger. Kale
Kale is low-calorie but nutritious and it contains vitamins A, B6, C and K, along with calcium and potassium. Another cruciferous vegetable, kale is also a good source of the minerals copper and manganese.
But keep in mind that kale also contains goitrogens, which are naturally occurring substances. These “anti-nutrients” can block iodine from entering the thyroid gland. Iodine is a trace mineral that helps your body make thyroid hormones that promote normal metabolism.
A deficiency of iodine can cause goiter or the enlargement of the thyroid.
Raw kale contains the important antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps neutralize harmful free radicals that increase your risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease. Spinach
Spinach is a leafy green vegetable full of beneficial antioxidants like kaempferol, lutein and quercetin. It’s also rich in vitamins A and C, along with nitrates that help boost your heart health.
In a 2015 randomized controlled trial, researchers studied the effect of spinach, a source rich in nitrates, on arterial stiffness and related hemodynamic measures in 27 healthy adult participants.
The volunteers consumed spinach for seven days. Findings revealed that there was a significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The study was published in the journal Clinical Nutrition Research . Tomatoes
Often used as a vegetable, tomatoes are scientifically considered the fruit of the tomato plant.
Tomatoes are a kitchen staple and they’re often used to make hearty sauces and soups. Tomatoes are also full of nutrients such as folate, potassium and vitamin C. Wheatgrass
Grass doesn’t sound appetizing, but adding wheatgrass to green juice gives your beverage an amazing nutrient boost. Wheatgrass is a nutrient-dense edible grass that’s also considered a vegetable.This superfood contains nutrients like copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and 17 different amino acids.According to a 2014 study published in the journal Natural Product Research , methyl phophorbide a (MPa) presents antioxidative and anticancer activity when isolated from the ethanol extract of the wheatgrass plant. Researchers reported that their findings prove that wheatgrass can be used to treat cancers, iron-overloaded disorders and oxidative stress.For a nutritional boost, replace espresso with a shot of wheatgrass. You can also add wheatgrass to almost any juice recipe. Delicious fruit and vegetable juice pairings to try Here are some thirst-quenching, nutritious and tasty fruit and veggie pairing suggestions for your next glass of green juice: Apple, bitter gourd and lemon Avocado, celery, cucumber and lemon Avocado and papaya Carrot and sugarcane Cherry, dragonfruit and mango Cucumber, kale and pear Lemon, papaya and pineapple Starfruit and strawberries How does juicing improve your diet? According to a review published in the journal Nutrients , regular consumption of at least 500 milliliters of fruit juices daily can help improve vascular function and reduce blood pressure, as revealed in short- to medium-term studies.In another 2021 study published in ACS Food and Technology , researchers discovered that juicing techniques could influence the antioxidant and phytochemical content of vegetable juices. Compared to high speeds, juicing at low speed helps preserve more of these beneficial compounds in the vegetable juice due to less introduction of heat.Low speeds also […]
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