Written By: Maxwell Fayans
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“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” –Buddah
Did you know that your brain can create new neurons? It does, and you can have a major role in this process. Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is one of the most important factors you probably have never heard of. Even my CNS course in undergrad did not discuss this. BDNF plays a role in creating new neurons, protects existing neurons during synapse formation, and helps protect against neurodegenerative diseases. It has been shown that individuals with Alzheimer’s disease have low levels of BDNF. The gene that increases BDNF can be activated through lifestyle changes such as exercise, sauna use, a ketogenic diet, omega-3 fatty acids specifically DHA, and turmeric.
Out of these the one that stood out to me was turmeric. I kept hearing about this from podcasts with Tim Ferriss and his guests. I decided to buy turmeric powder and start adding it to my diet. Turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. It has been found to be among one of the most effective compounds in the world. This is one of the main reasons turmeric can be key to disease reversal. It has been studied in regards to its effects on killing cancer cells. Turmeric is the main spice in curry and can be easily found in a supermarket. I like to add it to my vegetables with grass fed butter. I also found that Vitamin Shoppe has this as a supplemental chew. It tastes pretty good; like you’re eating a Laffy Taffy.
With these benefits, why wouldn’t you add it to your diet?
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