The brain is an unusual organ that hides a lot of secrets. The brain not only finds and stores information, but also has the ability to constantly develop and create new connections. The same applies to nerve fibers whose task is to provide information in both directions. With the development of the nervous system, the brain learns to manage new areas. Can the brain’s ability to regenerate be exhausted?
All scientists agree that the area of the brain called the hippocampus is the region of the nervous system in which the production of new nerve cells takes place throughout life. In this area of the brain, all knowledge and experience from the past is stored. In addition, the hippocampus plays an important role in recalling past facts and events and the location of objects or people. Thanks to this mechanism, every healthy person knows where his home is. Hippocampal damage is associated with Alzheimer’s disease, which affects the elderly and often manifests as a difficulty in recognizing places and people and recalling recent events, and eventually leads to complete mental disability.
What factors harm the proper functioning of the brain?
Scientific research indicates that insulin performs important functions also within the brain – regulates the activity of neurons and participates in the production of neurotransmitters, and thus is very important in the functioning of memory and affects cognitive functions. The insulin receptors are distributed in various regions of the brain, including the cerebral cortex. In patients with Alzheimer’s disease, insulin dysfunction was detected at the level of insulin receptors.
Some scientists believe that Alzheimer’s is a cerebral variant of diabetes and they call it type 3 diabetes.
Inflammatory reactions within the brain cause brain cell dysfunction and malfunctioning of neural networks – this affects the flow of nerve signals and causes the brain to function abnormally.
Also, the presence of free radicals is harmful to the brain because it causes formation of deposits and accelerated aging of the brain.
How to help brain health?
It has been shown that vitamins C and E and other antioxidants prevent the formation of deposits, also in the brain. Based on the fact that the nerve endings in the brain have the highest concentration of vitamin C (after adrenal glands), it is concluded that this vitamin is very important for the proper functioning of the nervous system.
Linseed oil improves memory function because it contains ALA fatty acid.
Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) is also found in many other oil plants and fatty fish). It has been shown that the deficiency of this component changes the structure and disturbs the functioning of cell membranes in the nervous system and in the brain. In the case of a long-term lack of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the diet, dysfunction occurs in the brain. ALA supplementation (OMEGA+++) improves the efficiency of cognitive functions during the natural aging process. This is done by regenerating the structure of nerve networks in the hippocampus and improving the flow of nerve impulses in the brain.